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Google Maps Goes Underwater, Apple Maps Drops Furniture Store in River

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 26, 2012


The Google Maps team have truly outdone themselves in the latest update to Google Street View. While Apple Maps can't even figure out where you are, Google Maps is exploring one of the world's greatest treasures: the Great Barrier Reef.

An update to Google Street View allows users to swim past schools of fish, travel through ancient volcanoes, follow a sting ray and make friends with a sea turtle, all from the comfort of their computer or Android device.

In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, the amazing update to Street View also allows users to explore Apo Island in the Phillipines, Oahu's Hanuama Bay and Maui's Molokini crater. 

Google has partnered with the Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific study of the world's reefs, in order to make these images available to millions of people through Street View. 

They haven't decided to blur fishes faces out of privacy concerns, as you can see here:

"HUMANS? I am forever traumatized."

Not to be outdone, Apple Maps has placed a furniture store in a river:

Source: Google Blog

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • stanley perez Oct 4, 2012 Link to comment

    That's right apple don't fuck with google

  • D Hoyland Oct 4, 2012 Link to comment

    HI, If you live in the UK try this, ,just enter your Post code and watch.


  • CJ Brown Oct 1, 2012 Link to comment

    It won't be long before we can virtually tour Monuments around the world using Google :)

  • paul rodham Oct 1, 2012 Link to comment


    the apples maps are great for going places.

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    Maldor Sep 28, 2012 Link to comment

    Apple has done the possible again!

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    Nick N. Sep 27, 2012 Link to comment

    @B Fish: You're welcome to quote my comment, if you wish, as long as I'm credited, thank you!

  • Rutger Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    They are experts in Waterbeds! ;-)

  • B Fish Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    @Nick - Love this comment! I want to use it against some of the Apple Fanboys that continually spew their nonsense.

  • Steven Blum Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    I swear, AndroidPIT has the best commenters on the web. I'm loling every day, dudes.

  • Patrick R. Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    @Dvoraak I suddenly had scenes from the Little Mermaid flash before my eyes. Haha

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    Nick N. Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    @Dvoraak: +1 and lol

  • Robert Jansen Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    Lol @ Dvoraak =)

    Has anyone been able to reproduce that movie @ Street View?

  • Dvoraak Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    Oooh I can't wait 'till Google underwater shows that furniture store. That's got to be an amazing way to shop for furniture.

  • Eric McBride Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    Dammit I freakin LOVE Google.

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    Nick N. Sep 26, 2012 Link to comment

    There are tech companies that are content to rest on their laurels, releasing incremental updates once a year to a limited product line, whose idea of innovation is to add more icons to a tired UI, and whose business plan involves attempting to litigate the competition out of existence.

    And then there's Google.