More Mapped World

Google Maps leaped further forward with the release of more countries covered by its service.

The new countries are the following:
Afghanistan, Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

There are varied amounts of impact the release brings. First, Google Maps doesn’t claim one country are provided with the same granularity as with the others. For example, Manila map does not go beyond the main thoroughfares such as EDSA and Aurora Boulevard. Davao City is just a dot at the moment even if its size is bigger than Hong Kong.

Secondly, there are places that are dominated by vast expanses of nothingness like Turkmenistan where you see no civilization for hundreds or thousands of kilometers. Worse, many people in some countries don’t even have access to computer, let alone access to Google Maps.

But it’s just a start.

We have better detail for some countries than others, but this is just the beginning.

This is a good progress. Hopefully, we’ll see more detailed country updates soon. It won’t be bad if they will incorporate features like 3D mapping same as Edushi’s Shanghai page.