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Google Maps Adds 3D Buildings For London And Other Cities

Google has updated its Google Maps for Android app with 3D images of buildings in major European cities like London and Barcelona.

The company had bought 3D maps to Google Maps for Android back in December 2010. However, at that time, only a small number of American cities were a part of the functionality.

In an official (opens in new tab)blog post (opens in new tab), Google said that now users will be able to view some 3D images of buildings in London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder and 11 major cities in South Africa.

“Last December, the release of Google Maps 5.0 for Android ushered in the next-generation of mobile maps where you can rotate, tilt, and zoom in and out of 3D maps,” Google said.

“Whether you’re on the go or playing with a new phone, seeing a 3D skyline spring up in New York City, Zurich, Milan and other cities is a helpful, fun, and unique experience--an experience we want as many of you as we can to have for your city,” they added.

However, according to an article on Cnet (opens in new tab), while certain buildings in London are included, not all of the capital's prominent buildings can be seen in 3D as of now. Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London are in 3D, but Battersea Power Station and Google’s own London offices are yet to be converted to 3D. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.