Friday, October 21, 2011

Nokia Maps WebGL

This blog is almost exclusively about Google Maps, so other mapping platforms have to release something very special to get a mention here. I think we can say that Nokia Maps in WebGL is something very special indeed.

Last week Google released Google Maps in WebGL (if you haven't seen the future of Google Maps yet then open up Chrome 14+ or Firefox 8+ and click the "Want to try something new?" link in the left-hand sidebar).

Nokia has now released their own WebGL map. You will need the latest version of the Chrome browser to view the map. The map features 3D terrains and buildings with full zoom, pan, and tilt - with no plug-ins. All-in-all this has to be one of the most impressive uses of WebGL yet.

I wonder how long we will have to wait for the Google Earth WebGL version?


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