Google Maps is a desktop application and web mapping for the mobile was developed by Google. This tool offers real time traffic conditions, street view in the form of 360° panoramic views of streets, street maps, satellite imaginary and total planning of the route by car, bicycle, foot or the available public transportation.
Google Maps also offers third party integration on other websites with the help of an API. It also offers locators for the urban business and companies across the world. Google adds data to the primary database regularly. The images are not more than two years old in Google website. The programming language used by Google to develop maps was in C++, which was developed by Lars and Jens Elistrup at Where 2 Technologies. This company was acquired by Google in 2004. The entire desktop application was converted to web application. During the same time Google also acquired Keyhole that had geospatial visualization known as Google Earth which was a very successful application. This integrated other core technologies into the maps developed by Google. Later Google also acquired ZipDash which gives a real time scenario of the traffic nearby. By combining all these applications Google maps was launched in February 2005.
Google Maps cannot show accurate areas near the poles because it uses a close variant of Mercator projection. The new redesigned version of the Google desktop application was available in 2013 along with the classic version. Google maps are being used globally on every smartphone with at least 54% population using the application once a month. Over 1000 incredible places can be explored with Google maps. With Google maps one can also make their own maps with the help of flags etc. Hence the software for the maps have been perfectly designed.
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