March 27, 2008

Google Maps Open to User Edits

Google has opened up the ability for users to help define its popular map contents. Now you can add, edit or remove pin-drops on Google Maps. This is absolutely genius, to leverage the public to help re-shape the accuracy of an already powerful map solution.

But what does this mean for smartphone users? if its anything like the past, mobile users are still receiving the short-end of the stick. The typical desktop GMAP functions such as My Maps or Send to My Phone are never available to the smartphone GMAP apps. With this new functionality, I find it ever more important to have full ability on a handset as it would grant users the power to provide real-time mapping edits. Perhaps Android will grant us more abilities.

Nevertheless, Google bunch are brilliant at launching great products and having users help improve upon it. Very cool news indeed.

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