It seems odd doesn’t it? But yes Google Maps turned 10, long time ago and it seems just like yesterday. Long before all other services of the Google experience, before Android, Chrome, Google+, Youtube, etc.
Lets take a look back at Google Maps and appreciate what it has done for each and everyone of us.
At the beginning there weren’t many thoughts about online mapping, and the only competitor was MapQuest that was already 8 years old. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense to start indexing physical space if you already are a champion at indexing cyberspace.
Some of you might know that Google has been on a shopping spree acquiring several companies that have expertise in a determined field. Well this goes back to Google Maps, in October of 2004 when Google bought Where 2 Technology, Keyhole and ZipDash and each of them contributed to the Maps we know today.
The next great step was, of course, mobile. It started appearing on a few handsets on 2006 and later on it was ready to catch the smartphone wave early 2008. Lets not forget that iOS was the first platform to carry Google maps using the smartphone’s GPS capabilities and then there was Android.
Nowadays everyone that owns a smartphone knows what Google Maps is, and everyone that has access to the internet also knows it by name. Mostly every time that someone talks about GPS and turn by turn navigation they are referring to Google Maps and many of them don’t even notice it.
Everyone that has an Android device and has access to Google Now should know that the step stone of this is Google Maps and without Google Now wouldn’t be nearly as helpful as it is today, it would just be Siri.
If we take a hint from the past, we surely should hope for a brighter future for Google Maps.