Even though virtual reality gains popularity in the west, many countries over the world are yet to grant permissions to Google to feature 3D images of their major cities on its mapping and navigation software, Google Earth. India, if it all pans out well, might well get out of that list, as Government prepares to permit Google to map places of importance in 3D.

The 3D imaging approach of Google Earth gives users an immersive experience with the ability to’fly’ through a city with buildings and other terrain appearing around them. If the user zooms into any particular building, they get to see the building/terrain in 3D.

Talks have been taking place between Government officials and Google representatives on this regard for a while now, and it has now been confirmed that soon there will be 3D imagery featuring the metropolitan cities of India, specifically, buildings of high importance such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Prime Minister’s Office etc.

According to a government official who took part in a recent meeting with Google reps, discussions are on and the Government is planning to give permission to Google to put 3D imagery of Indian metropolitan areas in Google Earth.

Granted that the Government goes ahead with the aforementioned permission, many metropolitan cities of India will be covered by the search giant under Google Earth. Some of the buildings that are believed to be featured are North Block, Prime Minister’s residence, and headquarters of Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

And this is just the start!

Overtime, the web giant is looking to add newer places of importance across all popular cities of the country which might well include monumental locations, natural wonders and even popular colleges and schools.

The feature is available on the latest update of Google Earth, the version 7 , granted you are running a minimum of a dual-core processor layered over a minimum of Android 2.3 Gingerbread (need we say this?) or essentially any Apple device with a dual core processor (iPad 2 in tablets and iPhone in smartphones 4s are a minimum).


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