A Brief History of Google Maps

For the last decade, we've obsessed over building great maps for our users — maps that are comprehensive, accurate and easy to navigate. This video and timeline gives you a glimpse into that journey and also talks about what's next for Google Maps.

The History of Maps

A quick overview of Google Maps and Google milestones.

 

October

 

February

 
 

June

Google releases Google Earth

 

October

 

April

 

June

 

July

Live Traffic on Mobile launches

 

April

 

May

 

June

Introduction of Google Earth Outreach

 

October

 

July

 

August

 

October

 
 

October

Google launches an updated map of the United States

 

March

 

July

 

October

 
 

October

Google Earth celebrates 1 billion downloads

 

November

 

July

Google acquires Where2 and Keyhole
Google releases Google Maps
Google Maps API released
Maps for Mobile launches
Google Maps is updated to use the same satellite imagery as Google Earth.
Textured 3D building models are added into Google Earth
My Maps is released
360-degree Street View is released
Google Transit is integrated as a feature of Google Maps.
Walking directions added
Google releases Map Maker
Google Maps for Android is released
Google launches turn-by-turn navigation in Android
Biking directions added
45-degree aerial imagery is made available
Vector graphics are used on Google Maps for mobile
Google introduces Maps GL
Google releases indoor maps on Google Maps for Android.
Google+ Local is released