Google Maps

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Name Google Maps
Released 2005

Google Maps is a Web, mobile app, and developer API service which displays maps of the Earth from global to local levels. It is "free" in the sense of not costing anything for consumer uses, but not in the sense of being actually open and free of proprietary content; that's why Open Street Map was created as a noncommercial alternative to this and other commercial map services. There is also a Google Earth app which features some of the same images visible in Google Maps, but presented in a zoomable globe of the entire world.


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  • IGB (3-D models)

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