Google Maps event set for June 6

While Apple recently made headlines regarding leaked information that it would be creating its own 3D map system for the next iPhone, it appears Google will get the jump on the company with a 3D map system of its own.

Today the company began sending out invitations to an event for Google Maps that clearly indicates a 3D map overhaul for the service. The event will be led by Brian McLendon, vice president of Google Maps and Google Earth, who will demonstrate upcoming changes to the service and share the company's vision for its future. The event will be held on June 6 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time.

CNET provided the following summary of the event, which was provided with its invitation:

At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We'll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go -- both physically and virtually. We hope to see you there.

It's been rumored that Apple is preparing to drop its Google Maps integration for iOS 6, which will supposedly power the next iPhone. The mapping feature of Apple's phone has been powered by Google Maps since it was launched in 2007. Last year Apple acquired a 3D mapping company, C3 Technologies, which likely resulted in the company's decision to abandon its Google Maps integration.

Source: CNET News | Image via CNET News

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JHBrown said,
Will loading these 3D maps on my phone take me over my 2GB data plan on AT&T?

it will be compressed and optimized... hopefully

JHBrown said,
Will loading these 3D maps on my phone take me over my 2GB data plan on AT&T?

I think its safe to assume normal use of Google Maps 3D won't require 2GB of data.

To be honest, Apple haven't exactly bothered with doing anything with embedding Google Maps in their Maps app save for a simple 2D map. They can change the Maps app so it will use another mapping source - that's their right and is fine. However, the Google Map webapp (the formatted-for-mobile website) is far far better than the current Maps app and probably will be better than the upcoming new Maps app.

I just use the Google Maps webapp on iOS myself - the icon can be easily pinned to the Home screen.

Sounds interesting! Love Google Maps.

However... I hope they improve performance on Android soon. I've been using Android for two years and I feel like it's gotten slower with each update =\ it's getting bulky...

Nightwind Hawk said,
Sounds interesting! Love Google Maps.

Shame the google earth plugin for google maps has stopped working recently. Perhaps something to do with this 3D update, but nonetheless google's software development seems to have gone seriously downhill in recent times