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Google Maps big refresh brings high-resolution satellite imagery for most of the world, 45° pictures for 51 cities

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Google Maps big refresh brings high-resolution satellite imagery for most of the world, 45° pictures for 51 cities
What’s a better time to announce a big update to your application than at a time when your closest competitor has just replaced your great app for a sub-par one? Apple’s Tim Cook has just issues an official excuse for the half-baked Apple Maps, and now Google announces that it is making its Google Maps app even better by adding new high resolution imagery for a ton of places in the United States and across the globe.

Some areas get high-res aerial updates and virtually the whole world is gettting high resolution satellite updates.

The update is now up for the taking on Google Play, and you can check out a full list of places getting new and updated imagery right below (and enjoy your Android device, or hope that Apple makes its Maps app better sooner).

Cities with new high resolution 45° imagery:
United States: Ames, IA; Anderson, IN; Billings, MT; Bloomington, IL; Carmel Valley, CA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Coeur d’Alene, ID; Corvallis, OR; Danville, IL; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Dubuque, IA; Elizabethtown, KY; Enid, OK; Florence, SC; Grand Forks, ND; Great Falls, MT; Gulfport, MS; Hartford, CT; Kankakee, IL; Kenosha, WI; Lafayette, IN; Lancaster, CA; Lansing, MI; Lewiston, ID; Los Banos, CA; Madison, WI; Medford, OR; Michigan City, IN; Olympia, WA; Pocatello, ID; Sheboygan, WI; Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; South Bend, IN; Terre Haute, IN; Utica, NY.
International: Angers, France; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Coimbra, Portugal; Dijon, France; Grenoble, France; Livorno, Italy; Lyon, France; Newcastle, United Kingdom; Oberhausen, Germany; Palermo, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Toulouse, France; Troyes, France; Winnipeg, Canada.


Areas with new high resolution aerial updates:
Florence OR, Kellogg ID, Casper WY, North Platte NE, Concordia KS, Alva OK, Austin TX, Nevada MO, Chilicothe MO, Toulouse FR, Clermont-Ferrand FR, Angers FR, Nantes FR, Troyes FR, Lille FR, Thun CH, Lucca IT


Areas new high resolution satellite updates:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Antarctica, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Iran, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzebekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand


source: Google Latlong

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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:20 20

1. Aeires (unregistered)


2012, the year of the map wars. Who'd have thought it?

Image 3 looks cool, all of them look awesome.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:26 11

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple brought it on themselves. They didn't have to, but they chose a self-inflicted wound.

The update was already scheduled before iOS v. 6 distributed, so Google is not guilty of sticking the knife in further.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:11 4

18. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Apple should have stuck to whatever it does best.
It was a bad business move to adopt mapping which is the strength of Google and challenge them openly. Apple has a good ecosystem but there is nothing wrong with integrating what others can offer better than Apple to boost their own OS.

Bad Maps, iPhone 5 hardware complaints, iOS 6 bugs....Looks like success finally caught up with Apple

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 19:07 1

29. amiaq (Posts: 499; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Sony and Nokia were once kings music players and mobile phone respectively as well. I never dislike them. Apple on the other hands with their arrogance, ridiculous patent law suits and isheep make me want to vomit.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 07:32

32. aahmed215 (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


You are saying that like it's a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with some competition. Now with Apple entering the market, it will force to Google to improve (even if Apple is far behind right now). For consumers, it's great that Apple entered the mapping market.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 13:50

27. torr310 (Posts: 445; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I think 2012 is the Armageddon instead...
Probably there will be earthquakes in this weekend.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:22 21

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Ok I confess that Google has done a very good job on mapping compare to Apple :D
Oh Google... I started to miss google maps :)

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:27 8

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You can get the update on your HTC.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:31

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


How do you know I have one?!!
Ok i'm going to update it now!!! :D

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:37

8. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


It's on your profile. You own the HTC One X but still you want the Sony Xperia T. What is the logic in that? You should upgrade to a better phone if you want a new one

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 10:06 1

16. wendygarett (unregistered)


xperia T will be my second phone :)

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:43 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You said so in one of the threads where we exchanged comments.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:11 1

31. phil2n (Posts: 476; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i'm wondering you are ifan but your phone is android

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:33 7

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Let the REAL Maps flex some muscle! lol

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:38 2

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


Successfully updated!!!
After I play 24 hours on Apple maps... Now is Google map time!!! Lol

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:46 3

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple has a very long way to go before iMaps can compete with Google's Navigation/Maps combo.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:36 1

7. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


To quote George Costanza..

Google Maps is bee-bopping and scanting all over apple's offering. Gotta love it.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:46 2

12. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I must admit that Tim Cook was very humble in his letter apologizing for maps app issues. Until I read that, I didn't know humility was an apple trait. Tim Cook, +1 sir.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:07

30. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


better CEO than Steve Jobs by far... Im glad he did too 1+

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:51 9

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


THIS is Google:

Despite the fact that Apple's maps app is suffering from negative publicity, Google chooses not to sit on it's laurels but instead invests R&D efforts to improve it's already awesome maps even further.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:51 1

14. MartyK (Posts: 726; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


The map looks like a movie scene...hahahah

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:53 3

15. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Awesome, Google; Poor Apple, daily Google Maps becomes more mesmerizing and indispensable while Apple Maps is that much more irrelevant...

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:00 3

17. ddeath (Posts: 163; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


If Apple was the one that came out with maps first, they will be suing the whole world now. Go Google!!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:16 2

19. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


These maps are...phenomenal!!!
Now that's how you map...Rotten Apple!

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:16 2

20. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nice.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 11:42

21. kindlefireowner (Posts: 443; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


When Google maps started in 2005 was it good. No. So this is a pimple on Apple. Calm down people. This time next year nobody will remember this but the Apple haters.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:32 1

25. ahhxd717 (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


I agree, but the problem is that Apple stripped iOS of the Google Maps app even though it was fully functional app (except turn by turn, but only the 4S and 5 will get hat anyway), and then replaced it with a non-fully functional app, even though hey could have delayed it until it was finished. But I think Apple is pretty serious about fixing it.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:05

22. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


If Apple users didn't have access to Google maps through the internet, boy they would be in a world of trouble. forced to change to android actually, or buy a map at your local corner store, LMBO. Apple is so sad, smh

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:18

23. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Has anyone actually gotten this update?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:25

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


There was an update a couple of days ago on the Play store in the U.S. Since no version number was published, it is hard to tell whether the current version is the update. I suspect if the current version isn't the update, the update will be made available shortly.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:53

26. exo2u (Posts: 25; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Not available for my nexus which is incredibly stupid. If not for my nexus then what is running this update? Last update I got was 9 days ago was that it?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 18:45

28. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


The update is for the desktop and not the Mobile app.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 19:49

33. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


It'd be even better if Google Maps add 3D mode in their maps IF they don't got it already

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