Google has sent out press invites today featuring the image above for an event to be held at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time on June 6th. As you can see the subject for the event is Google maps and the invite not so subtly hints at new 3D functionality in maps.
The invite also came with the text below which doesn’t really provide any additional guidance (pun not intended). This clearly isn’t only focused on mobile, but considering that Google Maps and Navigation are one of the real aces up Android’s sleeve it’s hard to imagine it won’t be featured fairly prominently.
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.Google PR
With the threat of Apple perhaps taking the wraps off their own mapping apps during WWDC, which begins on June 11th, this might be a case of Google looking to overshadow whatever Cupertino has managed to piece together.
Other than slicker 3D graphics or faster performance is there anything in particular you would like to see come to Google Maps?
Update: The guys over at Android Police did some digging into the latest Maps APK and found some interesting tidbits that might hold additional clues into what Google’s June 6th event will bring. There’s a number of files with the word “timeline” in them which suggests that perhaps “the next dimension” they were referring to is time.
Additionally there are references to Latitude which indicate that new Google + integration is coming.
Rounding out the list of recognizable features are OpenTable integration and a biking layer.