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

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).



source: Google Latlong

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32 Comments

1. Aeires unregistered

2012, the year of the map wars. Who'd have thought it? Image 3 looks cool, all of them look awesome.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

18. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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

29. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

32. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

27. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

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 :)

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You can get the update on your HTC.

5. wendygarett unregistered

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

8. champ_vl

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 31, 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

16. wendygarett unregistered

xperia T will be my second phone :)

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

31. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Let the REAL Maps flex some muscle! lol

9. wendygarett unregistered

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

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

7. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

12. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

30. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

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

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.

14. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The map looks like a movie scene...hahahah

15. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

17. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

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

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

21. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

25. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

22. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 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

23. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Has anyone actually gotten this update?

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

26. exo2u

Posts: 27; Member since: May 10, 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?

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