At the D:Dive Into Mobile event where Andy Rubin showed off an unannounced Motorola Android Honeycomb tablet, Google Maps for Mobile 5 was previewed, which features many improvements, and should be available on many Android handsets in the next few days.
The new version of Google Maps features 3D views and dynamic map drawing, which relys on "vectors instead of flat images that scale without render hiccups and will show the buildings fleshed out for over 100 cities" according to Engadget.
The update also comes with the ability to use two fingers to rotate and tilt, as well as the rotate and pinch-to-zoom that is already supported. Speed has also been improved, and offline caching of some map areas will also be supported for regular use as well as some navigational use.
Phones that will be able to use 100% of the new features are listed below:
- Galaxy S
- Droid X
- Droid 2
- Droid Incredible
- Evo 4G
- Nexus S
Curiously, the Nexus One is not listed as one of those devices that will completely support the update. Apparently, the multi-touch capability of the Nexus One is not up to par to support the rotate feature. Other recent Android phones that are not listed should hopefully be able to support many, if not most of the new features.
Check out the video below to see the new version of Google maps in action:
Image from Engadget