Portable GPS devices will soon be ‘old-fashioned’ with the innovative 3D Maps app being introduced by Google and Apple.
The new three-dimensional maps will be introduced shortly by tech giants Google and Apple. The teasers of the maps on the internet have already struck gold with a real-life experience of cities and maps on smartphones.
Portable GPS devices provide the most accurate information for travellers but have a two dimensional experience. They are expensive, need separate space and cannot be carried everywhere.
The new three-dimensional maps app on the smartphones provide the same functionality of a portable GPS device along with a host of other integrations for user customization, which makes travelling a great experience for users.
Google’s recent Google Maps event showed the new interface, new features and special feature for Android user such as offline map downloading. Apple’s new Maps app announcement at WWDC enhanced the arrival of maps-on-apps culture and the death of portable GPS devices.
The downfall of portable GPS devices was evident from the fact that Garmin, world’s largest GPS device providers, saw its shares plunge by 10% in a day. Garmin said, “We’ve been competing successfully with free navigation on Android phones, and through third party apps also on the iPhone, for a couple of years now.”
Garmin added, “We think that there is a market for smartphone navigation apps, PNDs [Personal Navigation Devices] and in-dash navigation systems as each of these solutions has their own advantages and use case limitations and ultimately it’s up to the consumer to decide what they prefer.”