Google has recently updated its Street View, adding 250K miles more to Street View, thus, making it very hard for competitors to catch up in the mapping game.
Google has recently updated its Street View, adding 250K miles more to the already abundant library of interactive mapping system. The update includes countries from all over the globe, but the update seems to have taken Asian countries much more seriously this time around.
“Today we’re making our Street View coverage more comprehensive than ever before by launching our biggest ever update–doubling our number of special collections and updating over 250,000 miles of roads around the world. We’re increasing Street View coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. And we’re launching special collections in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico, among others.” – Google Maps Blog
(Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall depicted by Google's Street View)
Also included in the update are attractions such as Catherine Palace (Russia), Ferapontov monastery (Russia), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taiwan), Stanley Park, and Fort Canning (Singapore).
Google couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to announce the update. Apple has falter in its attempt to compete with Google, and the huge Street View update only adds to Apple’s list of things it needs to compete with. The theory that Google is “rubbing it in” is strictly out of humor, whereas, it’s a fact that Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to stand on the same level as Google's mapping system.