We may also call 2012 the year of the 3D map. We have actually seen both Apple and Google show their cards, however GigaOM now hears that Amazon has actually jumped in by obtaining newcomer UpNext. The details are scant, but the roughly $ 2.5 million promotion would give Amazon the new venture’s 3D, Android-native maps of 50 United States towns, complete with navigation and extra info about noteworthy buildings. The on-line reseller hasn’t verified whether or not the acquisition is taking place, which leaves it really a lot in report area in the meantime. That said, it’s not challenging to picture Amazon taking that leap. The Kindle Fire is cut out of the recognized Android ecosystem and will not get built-in 3D maps without effort on its designer’s part– a buyout would absolutely place that mapping on the rapid track.
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