Google’s new 3D Maps destroy Manhattan with melting buildings and buckled streets

“Nearly a year after Apple introduced its own Maps service in iOS 6 with Flyover 3D satellite views, Google is expanding its own online Maps to support similar 3D satellite imagery, with the same sorts of buckled roads and visual distortions Apple was castigated for last summer,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Unlike Apple’s iOS 6 Maps, which target relatively low powered mobile devices, the new 3D features in Google Maps that were introduced last week require a modern PC running a web browser with a supported version of WebGL hardware accelerated rendering,” Dilger reports. “That limits Google Maps’ photorealistic 3D features to users of Chrome or Firefox on a Mac or Windows PC.”

Dilger reports, “Mobile users will have to settle for grey 3D building models or use the increasingly outdated Google Earth, which unlike Apple Maps’ Flyover feature, is not integrated with the search and directions of Google’s mobile Maps apps… A year after Apple launched iOS 6 with Flyover, neither Google nor Nokia have a similar, integrated 3D visualization feature for their own mobile platforms.”

“Despite its years of experience in 2D digital mapping, Google’s year late, non-mobile 3D Maps product is riddled with the same kind of glitches that Apple scrambled to address after the release of its own new Maps was greeted with contempt and derision. And users don’t have to scour the planet to find undulating roads and smeared buildings in remote areas,” Dilger reports. “AppleInsider reader Vesko Kateliev shared Google Map’s image of Midtown Manhattan, where roads turn into waterfalls and parked cars slide up the side of of a building as if trying to escape from a rolling wave of energy twisting buildings and bulging roads into the air.”

Read more, and see the melting buildings and buckled streets, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Surely, we’ll see the same sort of prolonged media frenzy over this as we did when Apple’s Flyover first debuted, right?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Chris” and “Mike D” for the heads up.]

32 Comments

    1. Because Apple uses “vector graphics” using less much less memory. Google will have to start from scratch to catch up or will not be available on mobile any time soon.

      1. Google’s Maps have used vector graphics for a long time. The Google Maps app for iPhone uses vector graphics. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to rotate the view, for example.

  1. The power of giving away free shit. Nobody complains. I’m convinced that the most attractive thing to many people these days is free shit. It trump all logic.

    1. Yeah but it’s invitation-only — essentially a beta product in testing (I know, I know, that’s googles thing.). Apple Maps were never called beta, and quite to the opposite, were hailed as the best maps ever in the history of the universe. That’s why people got so upset.

      1. This.

        If Google pulled their existing, best-in-class Maps application and replaced it unilaterally with the 3D-scorched earth, I’d be mad, yo.

        But they didn’t do that. Stop defending bad decisions.

      2. People would’ve been mad whether Apple maps was called beta or not. Look at how they burned Siri at the stake every chance they got. Look at the outrage over the name of the 4S upon it’s release because it wasn’t called a ‘5’. People got mad about Apple maps because it’s an Apple product that had flaws (overly exaggerated flaws in my opinion). Here we are with Google (the most widely praised name in mapping) releasing something that has the same flaws that Apple maps had and no one’s having a meltdown. People ridiculously expect perfection from Apple (and Apple only) and when they can’t deliver this perfection, they’re scorned.

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