In an announcement on Wednesday, the 5th of March 2014, Google has stated the commencement of their ‘Indoor Maps‘ service across 22 cities in India, panning across 75 locations. The service, which was earlier available in countries like Singapore & the US, aims at providing easy navigation within buildings, so that people can easily move around, without getting lost. The technology used for the same, is similar to the ‘My Location’ technology, earlier available only outdoors. In the words of Suren Ruhela, Director and Product Manager, India Google Maps “In some locations, to make people’s indoor navigation easier and more seamless, we have adapted the location technology developed for My Location — previously only available outdoors — so that it now works indoor as well. This means that when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the map will automatically update to display which floor you’re on.”
Google recently announced ‘Project Tango‘, their latest project which is a smartphone that uses 3D sensors, sort of like the Xbox Kinect, but a far advanced version owing to the use of the Myriad 1 vision processor from Movidius. Now, what is interesting is that Project Tango is led by the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team at Google. The ATAP team is one of the hold-backs by Google from the recent Motorola sale, and Project Tango, is one of their first roll-outs under the Google banner.
One reason. The massive user base of Whatsapp, the mobile chat app, has made facebook to agree to spend $19 billion. That’s 19 times what it spent for Instagram.
Having stated by both, Mark Zuckerberg and Jan Koum, that WhatsApp will continue to operate independently, and promised to continue its policy of no advertising; it would be interesting to see the revenue model unfold.
Authored by: Bharat Potdar Google