Skobbler Launches ForeverMap2, Google Maps Shows Phantom Island on Pacific

Google Maps finds some competition with the launching of start-up mapping app ForeverMap2 on Android devices. Developed by Skobbler, ForeverMap2 allows users to provide information even if it’s offline so data plan won’t get eaten up.

ForeverMap2 was developed using the open-source project OpenStreetMap, a software application that allows everyone to freely use, edit, and contribute geographical data collaboratively.

Skobbler co-founder-and chief marketing officer Marcus Thielking that OneStreetMap-powered ForeverMap offers users better map resolution and accurate information.

Still, ForeverMap2’s best feature is its capacity to provide information even if it’s offline. Users can search and zoom in location even without an internet signal while Google Maps only

“Google Maps is mainly used online,” said Marcus Thielking, co-founder and chief marketing officer for Skobbler. “It has some minor offline capabilities. But Google is inclined to keep users online for as long as possible. We give people a choice so you as a user can interact with maps either online or offline.”enables users to view map information when a phonies offline.

The apps is available for only 99 cents while the company allows used to purchase the downloadable maps for offline use within the application. For now, only Android users can enjoy ForeverMap2 but an iOS version could soon be available on iPhone 5.

On other related news, Australian scientists discovered that Google Maps and other navigation charts are actually showing a ‘phantom island’ west of New Caledonia on South Pacific.

A team of scientist from the University of Sydney tracked the coordinates of the island provided Google Maps and found a vast ocean with no nearby island or islet.

“It’s on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no island. We’re really puzzled. It’s quite bizarre.

“How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don’t know, but we plan to follow up and find out,” said geoscience postdoctoral fellow Maria Seton.