Google bringing 3D Maps to India, starting with New Delhi [Exclusive]

google-maps-3d-delhi-indiaAfter launching free turn-by-turn voice navigation last year, Google is now planning to release its 3D maps for the Indian cities this year. The first city to get the 3D buildings in their maps seems to be Delhi. Going through the Maps app on an Android smartphone this morning, we spotted some colonies in the city already showing 3D maps.

As the work is still in progress, we could only find a handful of New Delhi colonies showing 3D maps, but it is certainly an indication of the upcoming 3D Maps.

Originally announced in December 2010 as a part of Google Maps 5.0, the 3D buildings support is currently available in over 100 cities globally right now (as per Google listing).

Google uses vector graphics to dynamically draw the map on your device as you use it, allowing you to interact with it in many ways including tilting and rotating the 3D maps.

Here is a look at 3D maps from the original launch video:

There is no word on when we are to see the actual launch of 3D maps in Delhi or India, but given that 3D building have already starting to appear, it should not take more than a few weeks.

If you spot 3D buildings in any other Indian city maps on your Android device, do let us know in comments.

Update: As some of our readers pointed, 3D buildings have also started to appear in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

  • http://about.me/sandmaxprime Lionel Faleiro

    I’ve begun to see many places in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai show up in 3D

  • Mahendran

    As I checked the 3D maps available for some landmarks in chennai and coimbatore

    - Brookfields
    - EA, chennai

    I saw TajMahal too in 3d View.

    Seems major landmarks got 3D view.

  • Kumar

    Hai friends, google 3d maps are available throughout india in major cities. I found 3d maps in hyderabad,(popular locations like charminar, golkonda fort, museum, tankbond, international airport,…… etc ), and in other cities tajmahal, redfort, parliament, gate way of india etc.

    • http://www.androidos.in Gaurav Shukla

      @Kumar Monuments and other popular locations have been available in 3D for a long time, but not normal colonies, which has just started with Delhi..

  • Mukund

    3D buildings are beginning to appear in Chennai as well. LIC Building, New Secretariat, Old Secretariat, High Court, Express Avenue Mall, Kamaraj Memorial Hall, Hyatt Regency, Capgemini Building (Mt Road), SIET College and several other random buildings are appearing in 3D as well.

  • Pramod

    Also the Famous “Street View” for indoor locations are available for two locations in India through Google maps.

    1. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
    2. National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi

    You can use the google maps or the direct link below to view the same.

    http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/national-gallery-of-modern-art-ngma-new-delhi/museumview/
    http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/national-museum-delhi/museumview/

  • Manny

    The Gateway of India in Mumbai shows up in 3D..

  • Rohan

    What areas in Delhi are available in 3D? I couldn’t find any..

  • Gaurav

    It’s also working in Mumbai, only partly though.
    Hinduja Hospital, BSE building and a few other towers in south Bombay were available in 3D