Sunday, 24 June 2012

What functions does the Google maps Update Give Me

Ancient Maps app
Google Maps to be replaced by MS Smartglass
So even Apple devices are rocking Google Maps nowadays (ironic as Google's Android is iOS's greatest rival). Google being the nice guys that they are has just released a bunch of updates for Google Maps. Particular features we like are the inclusion of Indoor Maps , where large companies have floorplans on the Google cartographic system. 
Google Offers is the commerce that is bringing Google maps the money it needs to expand. With nearby offers being shown on the maps. However while I'm always up for good offers, especially if I know they're nearby, but I think that the Maps themselves might get slightly cluttered with this. 
Also who gets featured? Does Google allow any business to list their offers, and if so this is just another way the small businessman loses out. 

I'd also like to see a bit more uniqueness and personalisation to a greater degree in these offers. For example why can't I find motorcycle parts nearby?

If rumours of an Apple powered map system, and some stirrings of a Microsoft SmartGlass powered tablet with custom MS Mapping is true, then perhaps Google needs to innovate a little more.

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