I have a great news for the android fan boys because google has just officially released Google Maps 5.0 for Android. This next generation of mobile maps makes every other maps app — including older Google Maps and Google Maps on the iPhone — seem straight-up Stone Age.
Two significant new features in this release are 3D interaction and offline reliability. Starting in this release, Google Maps use vector graphics, instead of flat 2D maps, to dynamically draw the map on your device as you use it, allowing you to interact with it in new ways: tilt it, rotate it and smoothly zoom in and out the map with finger gestures. Google maps today also take the first steps toward greater offline reliability, so you can find your way even if you lose your connection.However, Google Maps will continue to be a fundamentally Internet-connected experience, meaning you always get the freshest map and place data, search and voice search, live traffic conditions, satellite and Street View imagery, and much more.
Tilt while zoomed in (left) or use compass mode (right) to orient yourself with 3D buildings.
Another new feature is the Offline rerouting. You’ll still need a connection to start a route, but if you miss a turn along the way, Google Maps 5.0 for Android will quickly get you back on track, even if you don’t have an Internet connection. Google Maps team’ll be rolling this feature out gradually over the next few weeks.
Video – Introducing Google Maps 5.0 for Android
So try it out now! Wander around in compass mode, explore 3D buildings—even dare to open Maps on the subway! Hope you will enjoy all the new features.
Google Maps 5.0 is a free download for Android phones. Get by searching for Google Maps in Android Market (or tap on this link if you’re on your phone). Google Maps 5.0 for Android will work on Android 1.6 devices, but only owners of Android 2.0+ devices will be able to enjoy the new 3D and offline capabilities. and some features may not be supported for all devices or countries.