Among the top mapping providers, Yahoo Maps was actually the early innovator in dynamic mapping more than five years ago with its SmartView offering that allowed users to find and interact with different categories of local businesses on the map. However Yahoo made a decision a few years later to opt out of the “mapping arms race” with Google and Microsoft and not match them feature for feature. As a partial consequence of that decision, use of Yahoo Maps flattened over time. MapQuest, for its part, made a similar decision, instead relying on the strength of its brand and user loyalty as a bulwark against the insurgents. … [Read more...] about ComScore To Report Google Maps Now Number 1
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While that’s certainly true as a practical matter, a number of people at the time raised the persistent question of Google’s neutrality vis-à-vis its own properties and third parties such as Yahoo Maps and Mapquest. The question of Google’s obligations to third parties and to “neutrality” goes to the heart of the debate over Google’s power and rising centrality in the online experience for many users. Indeed, yesterday Hitwise also reported that Google had reached a new market-share watermark of 66 percent of US searches for December, 2007. … [Read more...] about Google Maps Gaining On Market Leader Mapquest
Sometimes places don’t exist where Google Maps say they do. That can happen when places close and it’s not reported to maps, or places move and don’t update their address information on the Web, or sometimes places just aren’t where Google Maps say they are. I tried to find a local restaurant last year, and drove around in circles until finally giving up. I later found that the place had closed, but wasn’t sure of the right way to try to report my inability to find it to Google when I was driving around, since I wasn’t sure that it had closed at that time. … [Read more...] about GPS to Correct Google Maps and Driving Directions as a Local Search Ranking Factor?
The iPhone has revolutionized the mobile industry and has changed people’s lives and we want to continue to do so. We want to take Maps to the next level, rethink how users use Maps and change the way people find things. We want to do this in a seamless, highly interactive and enjoyable way. We’ve only just started. … [Read more...] about Apple Using OpenStreetMap With Its Own Tiles Instead Of Google Maps In Select Cases
The other announcement today involves indoor walking directions. This piggybacks on Google’s indoor mapping functionality that was released with Google Maps for Android 6.0 last year. In the US and Japan, users will be able to get directions inside buildings, malls and airports based on floor plans that have been uploaded to Google. … [Read more...] about Google Maps For Android 6.7 Has Indoor Walking Directions, Nearby Offers