Google Maps Mobile 5 on the Android Market

Last week, we told you about Google's Andy Rubin showing off a 3D version of Google Maps on a Motorola Tablet at the D: Dive into Mobile Conference. And now, a week later, IntoMobile reports it's available on the Android Market for users to download.

The new update brings with it a host of new features - one of which is map caching. Google will cache data for the places and locations you visit most, which means you won't need to be connected to the internet to pull up the maps for them. If you're using the navigation feature, the app will even reroute you even when offline, which is pretty awesome.

I need something in 3D

The graphics have been upgraded too, with buildings being rendered in full 3D in scalable 3D maps for supported cities. Of course, this comes with tilt and rotate features for which you'll only need to use two fingers. Compass mode is another new feature, which will match the direction you're facing in the app's 3D mode.

The update is available for select Android phones, so head on over to the Android Market and get it if you can. If your handset's not supported, you'll unfortunately have to be content with the demo video below.

Published Date: Dec 17, 2010 01:16 pm | Updated Date: Dec 17, 2010 01:16 pm