Jeff Huber, senior vice president of commerce and local at Google, posted on Google+ last night that the Street View team built a Street View exhibit at the Computer History Museum. Cool.
Of more interest to Apple users: Huber took to the comments to answer some questions for an iOS user. He said Google looks forward to providing “Amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.” That does not sound like a web app or anything like Google now offers in its Google Earth app or its Latitude app. With geo being such a big part of Google’s recent efforts, and iOS being such a big part of Mobile, it would be surprising to see Google just wave off the large iOS audience.
In a possibly related move, Google just dropped the prices of usage of its API for third-party apps—like Foursquare and Zillow— in the hopes to be used on more screens (there is going to be a lot of freed up bandwidth once iOS 6 is released!)
Prior to Apple unveiling its own Maps solution at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Google revealed that its new 3D maps were coming to iOS “in coming weeks,” which is another indication that Google plans to add to its iOS Maps experience.
Perhaps we will hear something at Google I/O next week (full coverage at 9to5Google.com).
Remember, competition is usually good for consumers!
- Google’s new 3D maps coming to iOS in coming weeks (9to5mac.com)