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.