Friday, December 17, 2010

Google Mobile Maps 5 Now Available - Features New 3D Maps And Offline Browsing

Just days after an update to Android Market users can now enjoy another new update as Google Mobile Maps 5 featuring cool new additions like 3D maps, offline maps and rerouting is live in Google Android Market. A detailed list of new features and improvements with high-quality screenshot is available after the jump.
Google is now using vector graphics for its maps, which are scalable and much lighter weight than the traditional stitched together images used in most Google Maps incarnations. Vectors also enable something else a whole lot sexier: a two finger swipe can “tilt” the map and now you’ve got a 3D view of the landscape.

Google Mobile Maps v 5.0 New Features :
  • 3D Maps with new ways to interact supporting tilting and rotating - Now users can zoom in on 100+ cities around the world supporting 3D buildings, users can use Two finger drag down/up to tilt the 3D map and twist using two fingers to rotate the map and view it from any direction.
  • Compass mode - Orient yourself on the map. Center on your location and tap the compass button. The Map flips into 3D and automatically rotates to whichever direction you’re facing.
  • Smooth zooming - See the map at the exact zoom level you want. Move two fingers together or apart. The map and labels zoom continuously with your fingers.
  • Offline reliability - Maps of the areas you use the most get preloaded in the background so you can see and interact with the map, even if you lose your connection temporarily.
  • Offline rerouting - Google Maps Navigation (Beta) automatically reroutes you, even if you lose your connection after starting a route.
The new update is fully compatible with following devices supporting panning, zooming, tilting, and rotating gestures :
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Motorola Droid/ Droid 2/ Droid X
  • HTC Incredible
  • HTC Incredible
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC G2
Partially-supported devices supporting panning, zooming, and tilting gestures only.
  • HTC Desire
  • Sony Ericsson X10
  • LG Ally
  • HTC Nexus One

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