Maps are big business for phones and with the news that Apple are creating their own 3D mapping solutions and stepping away from Google maps, it was obvious Google would show they are still one of the best at delivering map data. This is exactly what Google are doing with the announcement of new 3D maps, which will add 3D models to metropolitan areas.
We’ve embedded a video on this page that features what Google are planning with 3D maps for all mobile devices, including iOS and Android, and this official Google video shows how techniques for new image rendering will deliver some amazing 3D cityscapes. These maps will include some cool 3D landscaping, terrain, buildings and more from 45-degree aerial images.
Google state there should be 3D coverage for maps containing over 300 million people by the end of 2012, which will focus on metropolitan areas. It will be interesting to see how the new 3D Google maps compare to Apple’s 3D maps that should come with iOS 6 when it releases this year.
If you are an iOS user let us know your feelings about Apple or Google delivering your 3D maps? Watch the video below and share a comment on what you think, also you might want to read some more on Apple’s plans here.