Google has just announced its plans to upgrade Google Maps for the Android.
Google announced that Google Earth will now provide 3D models of entire cities on mobile devices, much like Nokia does for its own map system. Google’s new imaging techniques will allow its software to automate the creation of 3D cityscapes, replete with buildings, terrain, and landscaping from a 45 degree axonometric angle. It actually looks somewhat similar to SimCity 2000. Google will be implementing the 3D functions on the Android before it develops the software for the PC and Mac.
In addition to the 3D imaging, Google has announced its plans to go off the road with Street View Trekker, which allows users to walk off the beaten path to places unreachable by car, including the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. To that end, Google has equipped its technicians with specialized cameras to capture these remote locations.
Finally, Google will allow Android users to take Google Maps offline within the next few weeks, with the addition of a cache function that allows users to download up to 50mb of data from the Google Maps server. These offline files will provide users who typically suffer from intermittent internet access to use the service while they’re offline.
Here is a sneak peak at the new 3D imagery for Google Earth.
Source: The Next Web