The joy of Google maps can only be augmented by more than just 3D buildings – these maps can also show users how those spaces looked as a different space in history. The new update to the navigation service is not a ground breaker. Rather, it’s a simple way to see things differently, with new photographs submitted by other users.
Google’s Street View’s new timeline is conceptually similar to Bing’s historical mapping, which also use old photos. Unlike Google, Bing has been advancing its digital maps as smashups of old and new maps. Bing maps have also used user-submitted photos, but has failed to include a nice time machine interface like Google Maps. Read more