Google has released version 5.0 of Google Maps for Android.
What’s new is 3D interaction and offline reliability.
For 3D graphics:
- Tilting: Drag down with two fingers to tilt the map. Tilt while zoomed in on one of the 100+ cities around the world with 3D buildings to see a skyline spring to life.
- Rotating: Twist with two fingers to rotate the map. After tilting to see 3D buildings, rotate around them to gain a new perspective from any direction.
- Smooth zooming: Slide two fingers together or apart, and see the map and labels continuously scale to any zoom level, stopping when your fingers stop.
- Compass mode: Center the map on your location, and then tap the compass button in the top right corner. The map will flip into 3D mode and start rotating to match your perspective, while still keeping all the labels upright and readable.
For offline reliability:
Maps know starts caching the areas you visit most frequently when you mobile device is connected to WiFi and plugged in. By only doing this when you are plugged in, the ensures that your phone is not silently draining the juice when you are not using it. Cool.
What happens when you lose your internet connection (not cool)?
Enter offline rerouting.
Even if you drop an internet connection, you can still have the map tell you which direction to head.
There you have it, the new Google maps with 3D map graphics and offline reliability.
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