Google Maps

Google Maps
Google Maps Logo.svg
Screenshot
Google maps screenshot.png
Screenshot of Google Maps on a web browser
Type of site
Web mapping
Available inMultilingual
OwnerGoogle
URLgoogle.com/maps
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional, included with a Google Account
LaunchedFebruary 8, 2005 (2005-02-08)
Current statusActive
Written inC++ (back-end), JavaScript, XML, Ajax (UI)

Google Maps is a web mapping platform and consumer application offered by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, air (in beta) and public transportation. As of 2020, Google Maps was being used by over 1 billion people every month around the world.[1]

Google Maps began as a C++ desktop program developed by brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen at Where 2 Technologies. In October 2004, the company was acquired by Google, which converted it into a web application. After additional acquisitions of a geospatial data visualization company and a real time traffic analyzer, Google Maps was launched in February 2005.[2] The service's front end utilizes JavaScript, XML, and Ajax. Google Maps offers an API that allows maps to be embedded on third-party websites,[3] and offers a locator for businesses and other organizations in numerous countries around the world. Google Map Maker allowed users to collaboratively expand and update the service's mapping worldwide but was discontinued from March 2017. However, crowdsourced contributions to Google Maps were not discontinued as the company announced those features would be transferred to the Google Local Guides program.[4]

Google Maps' satellite view is a "top-down" or bird's-eye view; most of the high-resolution imagery of cities is aerial photography taken from aircraft flying at 800 to 1,500 feet (240 to 460 m), while most other imagery is from satellites.[5] Much of the available satellite imagery is no more than three years old and is updated on a regular basis.[6] Google Maps previously used a variant of the Mercator projection, and therefore could not accurately show areas around the poles.[7] In August 2018, the desktop version of Google Maps was updated to show a 3D globe. It is still possible to switch back to the 2D map in the settings.

Google Maps for Android and iOS devices was released in September 2008 and features GPS turn-by-turn navigation along with dedicated parking assistance features.

In August 2013, it was determined to be the world's most popular smartphone app, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it.[8]

In May 2017, the app has reported to have 2 billion users on Android, along with several other Google services including YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Search, and Google Play.

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  2. ^ "Google Company: Our history in depth". google.co.uk. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "What is the Google Maps API?". Archived from the original on April 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Perez, Sarah. "Google to shut down Map Maker, its crowdsourced map editing tool | TechCrunch". Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Blurry or Outdated Imagery". Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  6. ^ "How Often is Google Maps and Google Earth Updated?". Technicamix.com. October 18, 2011. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Map Types – Google Maps JavaScript API v3 — Google Developers". Google Inc. July 27, 2012. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Google+ Smartphone App Popularity". Business Insider. Archived from the original on September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.

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