Continuing with the constant gusher of Google news today brings us Google Maps for Mobile 5 and Google Maps for Mobile 5 is released with dynamic map drawing and offline mode……
Google’s Maps for Mobile 5 just got previewed on stage by Andy Rubin at D: Dive Into Mobile with a prototype Motorola Honeycomb tablet.The biggest visual change is dynamic map drawing: vectors instead of flat images that scale without render hiccups and will show the buildings fleshed out for over 100 cities. Even more fun is that you can now use two fingers to tilt and rotate around the map.The storage for these vectors is much smaller than the current images which brings us to offline caching.
Most modern Android phones from the original Droid onward should be able to enjoy most if not all the new features, depending on hardware capabilities (3D rendering) and “distinct multitouch” hardware support the Nexus One, interestingly enough, supports vector maps but not the rotate functionality because it lacks the latter multitouch requirements. Google sent us a list of devices that support 100 percent of 5.0’s features.
Full list of supported handsets :
- Galaxy S
- Droid X
- Droid 2
- Droid Incredible
- Nexus S