Google Launches Google Maps 5.0 for Android
Michael Siliski, Product Manager announces
We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago. Since then, we’ve added dozens of features, and we’ve grown from a few thousand to more than 100 million users. Still, a couple of things have remained the same: a flat, north-up map and the need for a strong Internet connection. Today, we’re changing that for the first time
He further added
These new features are just the first steps in maximizing dynamic map drawing technology to create a faster, more interactive experience where efficiency really matters: mobile devices. For example, we estimate that viewing maps now requires almost 70% less mobile network data overall than before. We can’t wait to take the next steps in making Google Maps faster, more reliable and even more useful no matter where you take it.
Google Maps 5.0 major features include 3D interaction and offline reliability. Google Maps can be interacted with in the following new ways: Tilting, Rotating, smooth zooming and compass mode. This is a change from how it used to provide vector graphics that it used earlier.