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Google Maps is going 3D

08 June, 2012

Google has announced a complete overhaul to the imagery on Google Maps.

The search giant has sent a convoy of planes over major cities in the world, each plane capturing advanced 3D information and detailed photographs, reported the Daily Mail.

The result will be a complete 3D experience of major cities across the world, allowing users to swoop and fly through replicas which are exact - with even trees getting the 3D treatment.

It is the next step of Google's controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world - and it will begin rolling out before the end of the year.

Google is also planning to introduce offline support to Google Maps, in a bid to offset the expected loss of traffic from iPhone and iPad users, with Apple set to launch their own competitor to Maps.

Both The Wall Street Journal and a technology blog called 9to5 have reported that Apple next week will make a move to drop Google Maps, which currently comes pre-loaded on all iPhone and iPad products.

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