The "next dimension" of Google Maps is going to be unveiled on June 6th

Even though there is growing word about Apple’s intentions to throw Google Maps overboard in favor for its own homebrewed offering, after its acquisitions of C3 Technologies, Placebase, and Poly9, Google is doing its part in keeping its beloved maps app extremely relevant. Of course, we’ll know more about Apple’s plans at this upcoming WWDC, but Google is planning to unveil “the next dimension” of Google Maps ahead of the competition.

Specifically, invitations to the media have been sent out, where it clearly shows a 9:30 AM June 6th unveiling. Peering into the invitation itself, we can infer quite a few juicy things – like the hint that we’ll possibly see 3D view maps incorporated throughout it. In fact, the notion of it being unveiled is alluded in the angled shot of the photograph in the invitation.

Considering that Google will be having a head start, whereas Apple’s event will be taking place on June 11th, it’s almost certain that Google Maps will be stealing some thunder away from Apple’s anticipated offering. In any event, we’ll know more about it since the event is less than a week away at this point.

via SlashGear



1. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Let me guess, its probably gonna run like utter crap on "older" smartphones? Current smart phones can't even smoothly scroll overhead google maps with satellite layer enabled on wifi. 3D is gonna be a worthless slideshow

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

then just rollback the update....

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

really? my 2 year old SGS1 runs maps and earth flawlessly.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

:O this could be nice, I wonder whats about


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

google maps is the best noo doubt, im confident it will be tons better... whatever apple comes up with is in the least of my interests

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, El Goog's going to be like "In b4 Apple lolbbq." I mean, Google Maps already has a bit of a 3D view when zoomed in far enough and when the map is tilted. Granted, the shape of buildings is ridiculously simplified (to the point that the Arch here in St Louis is represented by a gigantic box) but I don't know exactly how Apple and Google plan to really top it other than enhancing detail.

7. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

maybe they will incorporate 3d turn by turn navigation or have a augmented streetview with the directions layer on top to keep it simple.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Which is exactly what Google already has, lol.

12. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

its 3d but it doesnt have the in depth detail of buildings that pop out etc. at least not in the areas where i use it.

13. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

oh and by the way thumbs up from me because i have a sense of humor.

6. Carlitos

Posts: 704; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol just when Apple thought it would have at least some sort of advantage to Google Maps, the table turns on them. If apple really has a 3D map on the works.

9. pooked

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

I approve of Google maps, always showed me the way before. Now is going to do it just looking a little more sexy! BONUS!!!

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. so this will be the year of the "Map off", between the current king, El Goog, and the newcommer, Apple. What the heck could these guys possibly bring to the table thats so big for a dedicated event? 3D inside buildings? that could be cool and creepy.. lol. live fish migration updates?? seriously.. whats left?

20. ceepyou

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Now we know what the front facing camera on our phones were for. Google's and Apple's 3D map project of the U.S. and Canada, inside and outside of buildings. Before anyone freaks about the legalities, this is just a joke... I hope.

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Ovi Maps are the best

15. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The one feature of Ovi Maps that isn't available on Google Maps is lane indicators while navigating. On Ovi Maps, when I approach an intersection or interchange, it tells me which lanes I should take. Sometimes there are multiple lanes to turn left and right. Sometimes, intersections have an odd lane configuration.

16. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So much for Apple Maps, who cares about that crap now?

17. dax0330

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

google maps any day, and still gets even better! enough of the apple crap

19. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Well, the iusers of course, now they won't have to pay 49.99 for their TomTom app lol, which is hideous compared to Google Maps.

18. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Apple's map service will not really be better per se than Google's but it will have integration. Things like Siri, iTunes sharing for friends with Facebook in tow, etc. Apple will be focusing on that aspect not really the better points. Google on the other hand will probably focus on making the experience easier and better for scaling purposes on different devices and more capabilities that will see them increasing their interest in vehicles( google on the go type of things where interfacing with your smartphones, etc etc). They will for the moment be going in two different directions.

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