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Google Maps to enter 'next dimension' at June 6 event

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Fri June 1, 2012

Google invite teases new features for Google Maps

Google is sending out invites to a San Francisco event scheduled for next week focused on Google Maps. The invite, which shows Google's signature map pinpoint looming over the San Francisco coastline, promises invitees that the event will reveal "the next dimension of Google Maps" and suggests the possibility of new features.

The full text of the invitation promises that Vice President of Google Maps and Google Earth Brian McClendon will be at the event to give attendees "a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps," as well as a "demo of some of the newest technology," and "a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go--both physically and virtually."

Google's expected enhancements to its mapping program come as the company is likely to soon be parting ways with a major partner. Apple's forthcoming iOS 6 is said to be dropping Google Maps for a native mapping app, as Apple has already done with iPhoto for iOS.

Google representatives, when questioned on Apple's rumored move, largely skipped over the question, focusing instead on the advantages Google Maps on Android had over the iOS version. In the same talk, Google reps floated the possibility of "serendipitous" suggestions in Google Maps, which could suggest things to do based on a user's location and without input. The talk raised the possibility of such a feature within two years, but it is unknown whether some form of it could be part of the focus of the forthcoming event.

By Electronista Staff


  1. facebook_Eric

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    Joined: Jun 2012


    Can't get excited

    Please, no more street views of Venus or Mars. How about some decent modern resolution of North America instead? You know, the settled parts?

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    I predict that instead of

    you asking for directions to a place you want to go, it will just start telling you where to go... or else!

  1. BigJayhawk

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2011


    How About Just RELIABILITY Upgrade???

    Google should figure out how to improve RELIABILITY rather than PRETTINESS and SERENDIPITOUS RECOMMENDATIONS (ie PAID ADS right in your directions interrupting your trip)!

    U.S. Highway 1 goes from Maine to Florida yet Google can't figure out how to get the various local names for it correct OR the placement for the street numbers in each town along it even REMOTELY RIGHT. Maybe they should just focus on THAT for a change???

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005


    Kinda desperate...

    ... Sounds to me like Google's attempting a bit of damage control.

    Oh, and the Macnn editors haven't been able to figure out that "next dimension" is an allusion to 3D mapping, seeing as how that's one of the things Apple will have in their new maps...

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    does not realy matters to iOS users

    for Apple is focusing on ANY other mapping product but Google's

    No matter how bad or good it might be.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    So Google is trying to trump...

    Apple by a few days, but early birds get the worms and then get shot.

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