Sony Ericsson developing 3D Satellite Mapping for Smartphones

January 20, 2010, By Atul Roach

Satellite mapping is quite a significant element for smartphones as a thorough number of users revert to this technology in their daily life. Sony Ericsson is keen to go one up on its competitors by offering a 3D version of the mapping process on its latest handsets.

Sony Ericsson-3D Mapping-on-Xperia X10

Ericsson Labs that broke this story reveals how SE is ready with 3D mapping on the Xperia X10, something SE did not showcase at the CES 2010. The good news is that the 3D maps are rendered pretty fast signifying that SE will be making this feature public hopefully soon.

3D landscapes offer three APIs for the devs to use and display high quality 3D maps in web services or mobile applications. SE also has an Android 3D SDK Landscape which uses maps in 3D parried with fast methods to render real-time 3D maps.

A back-end server assists the downloading of maps to the SDK and are then buffered on to the mobile depending on the apparent need. Currently, only Stockholm and Sweden can be viewed in 3D and more additions are to be made. [Courtesy: Ericsson Labs]

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