Thursday, September 25, 2008

Google Map Maker launched to 17 more countries in Asia

We are happy to announce the launch of Google Map Maker in seventeen more countries, extending to many countries in Asia such as the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Mongolia - covering close to half a billion more people. With every launch, we hope that Google Map Maker continues to empower users to bring their local knowledge and passion for their neighborhoods to the collective endeavor of creating great maps, especially in countries for which there is a lack of comprehensive local information.

We'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate the inspired efforts of our users from our very first launch and celebrate their contributions. Big kudos to our users in Pakistan, Vietnam, Cyprus and Iceland, who have mapped entire cities from scratch in many instances, and in other instances provided in-depth coverage of their neighborhoods by putting schools, places of worship, apartment buildings and their favorite businesses on the map.

To shine the spotlight on our users' tremendous efforts, we've included a few timelapse videos below, showcasing how a few of these cities were mapped by our users over time. For more of these timelapse videos as well as Google Map Maker user help videos, check out the Google Map Maker YouTube channel.

Lahore, Pakistan

Nicosia, Cyprus

You can view the complete list of the 77 launched countries but here's a quick shout-out to our seventeen newest additions: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

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