Google held a map-oriented press event on Tuesday and used the gathering to discuss upcoming changes to Google Earth and Google Maps. The highlight of this event was a demonstration of new fully modeled, fully textured 3D maps for Google Earth.

The demo used an iPad and showed a close-up view of San Francisco’s impressive skyscrapers. Google said these features will hit the iOS and Android version of Google Earth in the coming weeks, but didn’t provide an exact date.

Next week at WWDC, Apple is expected to unveil a new mapping solution for iOS that’ll replace the Google-based Maps app. The new maps app is expected to incorporate 3D imagery and navigation developed by the teams it acquired from Placebase, Poly9 and Swedish 3D-mapping company C3.

You can check out Google’s new Earth features in the video below and come back next Monday for our WWDC coverage. We’ll have details on Apple’s new map solution, if it’s announced as expected.

[Via Engadget]

Google promises 3D map imagery for iOS originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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