Jun 01 AT 4:46 PM Sean Riley 20 Comments

Google will reveal “the next dimension” for Maps June 6th


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.

Source: The Verge

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • redraider133

    Can’t wait to see what they unveil. Google maps+ nav is one of the most useful apps on android.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    I know that it downloads some maps automatically already, but I would like to choose what specific maps I can download. Just a basic road map, doesn’t have to be 3D or satellite. It would be nice to have an offline mode for an entire state or entire states.

    • Toby

      Depending on your version, I believe that Settings > Labs > Pre-cache Map Area will do that, to some degree – at least, it will cache tiles for a 10mi. radius around your searches.

      • Max.Steel

        Yeah, but like you said, you can only cache 10 miles, then you have to do it again, and again and again…which isn’t very practical if you’re travelling through multiple states. An option to just download maps of a certain state or city or county would be nice. Perhaps even an entire country.

        • SGB101

          would be cool for Europe travelling as coverage is great, but ‘roaming data’ cost are fare to expensive.

  • Mark Brockway

    Will Google ever get this working in Asia, specifically Korea! II was recently in the U.S. and got to use the Google maps and navigation, it is so cool and worked quite well for finding local restaurants and on a drive from SC to FL. Sure wish I could use in overseas.

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    I am honestly curious to see what Google could be unveiling with this. It’s not very often they put together a press event just for Maps, right?

    I think Maps already offers everything I need but hey bring on the enhancements — I ain’t complainin’!

  • Ron Peterson

    I’d like to see an EXIT button. There ain’t no damn exit button. How hard could it be..

    • Max.Steel

      Press menu.

  • aranea

    Actually there is something very basic I want. I want to be able to drag the route on the map just like I can on a computer. It doesn’t make any sense that this function has been missing from all the iterations of maps since G1

  • Ron Cenker

    Would be nice to see more trip statistics and speed limit reporting with accompanying warnings based on x miles over the speed limit.

    • revs

      if you wanna be restricted in any way…get an iphone

  • WlfHart

    Well I’m excited!

  • SGB101

    id like a ‘time shift’ to WW2, would be great if Google could get their hands on all the recon photos taken of Europe.

    there is even lots of ’3d’ photos taken back then, as GCHQ found it much easier to pin point and recognize things like V2 rocket launch sites etc. i recon this would be a nice ‘labs add on’

  • Guchuck

    A way to coordinate meetings with friends would be great; like if we were meeting for dinner we could find each other on the map. Latitude sucks because it’s so cumbersome and not accurate enough.

  • Omar

    maybe make navigation available worldwide??

  • Mikel

    It also will be nice if Google will program Maps so that it will install to the SD card. It’s up to 16MB on my phone so far. It’s one of the largest apps I have on my phone. Thanks.

    • omar

      better yet is the ability to download the entire map to your sd card so as to cut down on data consumption ;)

  • Jeff Goebel

    I’d actually like to see some OLD feature return, like Latitude proximity and SMS options. I miss them both.

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