BlackBerry 10 is coming soon and with it, RIM plans to bring a new version of BlackBerry Maps. Last week at BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012, RIM showed some BlackBerry 10 Maps information to developers. We know that RIM has partnered with TomTom for maps, but that’s about all we have heard so far. With this slide from BB10JamAmericas, we know a bit more.
RIM has decided to stick with the 2D maps and not go the way of Apple with 3D. Apple has taken the 2D maps that TomTom provides and used a coding tool to stretch them to 3D. As we have seen from the recent uproar over Apple’s 3D maps, this hasn’t turned out so well. Instead of this solution, RIM is sticking with 2D maps for navigation.
BlackBerry Maps on BlackBerry 10 will feature Turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation using a slanted 2D map, which will provide what RIM is calling a 2.5D experience. The Maps app will provide real time traffic information and free for local searching. Users will also be able to enhance BlackBerry Maps with the “My Places Management” feature. This will allow users to upload their own places and add them into the user repository for listing on BlackBerry Maps.
Now that you’ve seen a preview of BlackBerry Maps on BlackBerry 10, and seen Apple’s failed implementation of 3D, what do you think. Will BlackBerry Maps be a breakthrough hit in 2D, or were you hoping for more from RIM?
Source : N4BB