Google Maps 10 years: history of development

Google Maps 10 years: history of development

A time when the new location had to ask for directions from passersby (and in response to hear “oh, come in large numbers!”) Is long gone. Today, this task easily replaces smartphone, located in almost every pocket. In addition, unlike traditional interrogation of the local population, after hearing the instruction map service, you are not in danger of getting lost even more (even if cards zavedut you stumped, you still know where this is a dead end). Certainly one of the most popular of these services today are maps from Google, but, of course, was not always so. However, as it is in any case difficult to believe, Google Maps celebrate its tenth anniversary. On this occasion, let us trace the history of their evolution.

Imagine a time when the world has not been our favorite operating system Android, the browser Chrome, because of which many users today have no idea how to look their desktops, social network Google+ and even there was no YouTube.

Nevertheless, by the time Google was no longer a young startup, its search engine has become the number one, and the stock market, you could buy the company’s shares.

Google Maps 10 years: history of development

In October 2004, Google buys Where 2 Technology, mapping companies, which was destined to become that step that led us to the appearance of Google Maps. Soon after that search giant acquires company Keyhole, which specialized in 3D and, apparently, contributed to the birth of the future Google Earth. In the end, in the appendage to them is acquired and ZipDash – an online service to track road traffic.

So in 2005, there are Google Maps. Of course, on mobile maps then out of the question (although the same ZipDash was already available for mobile phones, so perhaps it was he nudged Maps for further development), it was an online service, and he is not the first of its kind. For example, MapQuest from AOL at that time there was already 8 years old.

Finder Plus Card – so begins to emerge kernel modern Google Apps, without which Android «turns into a pumpkin.”

Mobile Google Maps appeared in 2006, making his debut in several new devices, and brought people what they really dreamed of – a step by step navigation. Then, in late 2007 – early 2008 began to flood the world smartphones, where those same cards came in handy. Yes, that’s right, Apple has relied on Google, to provide its first iPhone GPS-navigation, and for cards, in turn, iOS was the first major platform.

Of course, that Google Maps does not have to wait long for the Android. And Google is not limited to simple porting iOS-version and offered users a full-fledged Android navigation interface. For a young operating system it could be a determining factor.

Over time, Apple refused service by submitting their own version of it. However, Apple Maps users do not deserve such trust, and offer Google still available for iOS-users in the “Market”. In addition, the prevalence of Android grew, and with it the increased popularity of Google Maps pre-installed, which could be used already in “the Web,” and on smartphones and tablets. In the summer of 2014 the number of Google-account using Maps, reached 1 billion.

Google Maps 10 years: history of development

But this does not stop their development. Today we can observe a new stage of evolution – Google Now. Service useful tips owes much of its success to excellent geolocation service company, that is again the map. Also today, for the map is created, and a new form factor – “smart” watches, which do not have to constantly get a smartphone from his pocket, to compare the way. Moreover, Google wants Google Maps not only could “take” you in the right place, but also to help choose this place. To do this, run a special program “local experts”, which should form a community interested in filling Maps recommendations.

As you can see, 10 years – is not the limit for product development. We wish Google Maps to continue to keep up the pace!

Google Maps 10 years: history of development updated: February 11, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis