Explore “from cave paintings to the internet” on Google Maps

HistoryOfInformation.com has just put out a very powerful new map that lets you explore famous locations in history around the world.  You can select a category, such as “art”, “music”, “telegraph” or dozens of others, then see pins placed on the map to show noteworthy events related to that category — going back many thousands of years.


Check it out for yourself at www.historyofinformation.com/maps-simple/ or learn more about it over on Google Maps Mania.

Google Maps coming back to Windows Phone “soon”

google-mapsLate yesterday, Google cut off in-browser access to Google Maps for Windows Phone users. The reason, according to Google:

“IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users.”

While they still have no plans to build a native Maps app for Windows Phone, this block is expected to be lifted soon to at least give those users access to it via the browser.

More details on this story are available over on TechCrunch.

The week in Google Earth news

Last week on Google Earth Blog we…

You can read more over at GEarthBlog.com.

iOS 6 dropping Google Maps for an in-house solution?

It’s been rumored for a while, and we won’t know for sure until this summer, but it appears that Apple is dropping Google Maps from the iPhone and iPad in favor of an in-house solution.

Over the past few years Apple has purchased companies such as Placebase, C3 Technologies and Poly9, and it’s thought that they’ve successfully combined those technologies in a way that works quite well on the iPhone.  The new 3D mode is thought to be coming straight from C3 Technologies, which has a pretty nice system.  Here is a mock-up from 9to5Mac that shows the potential difference between the old and new system:

The result of this would be quite interesting.  There is certainly a lot of potential for them to do some great things, and losing the Google Maps integration is likely step when you consider the competition between Android and Apple.

iOS 6 is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s WWDC in June, so we’ll find out for sure then!


Google Maps for Android updated to version 6.7; includes indoor walking directions and Google Offers

Google just pushed out a nice update to Google Maps on Android, bringing it to version 6.7.  Some of the new features include:

Google Offers

You can find special deals near you from Google Offers.  Here’s how it works in the new Maps app:

Indoor Walking Directions

Indoor maps have been around for a few months now, but Google Maps wouldn’t direct you through the store.  Now it will!

Google Business Photos

You can explore 3D panoramas inside of select businesses, giving you an easy way to see what the store looks like.

Go grab the update now from Google Play!

A social network in Street View

We’ve seen attempts at building a social network inside of Google Earth, such as YoubeQ, and now we have one that’s built entirely in Google Street View.

Wallit allows you to create a virtual “wall” anywhere on earth that you’d like, which others can then come write on.

The twist is that you need to be physically near the wall in order to write on it, which means you need the iPhone application in order to make much use of it.  You can browse walls on their website, but can only interact with them if you’re mobile.  Other mobile applications are coming “soon”, for what that’s worth.

You can learn more at wallitapp.com.

(via Google Maps Mania / Street View Funny)

The Google “Maps Cube” game is released

After teasing it months ago, Google has finally released the “Maps Cube” game, and it’s pretty slick.  You roll a ball through various city streets to reach various goals, and you’re timed for your effort.  It’s fairly simple, and the interface is very slick.

The game requires that you use Google Chrome, but our stats show that most of you are already. :)

You can play the game at PlayMapsCube.com.  Have fun!

(via Google Maps Mania)

Amazing new photo tours in Google Maps

Google has just added a great new feature to Google Maps called “photo tours”, which feels a lot like Microsoft’s PhotoSynth but taken to a whole new level. Here’s a video showing how they work:

To try them for yourself, check out a famous site such as Trevi Fountain or St. Mark’s Basilica.  To learn more about how these tours were created you can read this entry on the Google Lat Long Blog.

New 3D buildings in Google MapsGL

The MapsGL mode of Google Maps is continuing to improve and offer some great features, and the newest is the shaded 3D buildings that we’ve seen in standard maps for a while now. The new buildings certainly add a lot to the look of the maps, as you can see in some of these before/after shots:

Could the next step be textured buildings?  It seems unlikely at this point, but with the rate they’re adding features to MapsGL, anything is possible.

(via Google Lat Long Blog)

More aerial views; National Geographic app; Google Maps for the indoors

A few cool things to point you toward today:

More Cities get “Aerial View” in Google Maps — Portland, OR and Sacramento and Oakland, CA all have new “bird’s eye” imagery from Google.

National Geographic launches iPhone app — It allows a variety of mapping sources, styles and other cool stuff.

Micello Launches “Google Maps for the Indoors” — This thing could be very cool if they can expand their coverage.  They have “over 250″ maps so far, but none on the eastern half of the US.