Google Maps Goes 3D and Offers Offline Viewing
Google Maps for Android has been updated to version 5.0 and brings a couple exciting features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.
While exploring the 100+ cities currently supported with 3D viewing, here’s what’s new:
- Tilt view: drag down your screen with two fingers.
- Rotate view: twist with two fingers.
- Compass mode: map automatically orients itself in 3D and aligns with the direction you are facing. Make sure to center on your location first.
- Smooth zooming: Use two fingers to continuously zoom in/out. This comes courtesy of new vector graphics.
- Offline reliability: Your most used map areas will be cached and preloaded in the background in case you lose your data connection.
- Offline rerouting: Navigation (Beta) will reroute you even if you lose your data connection after starting a route.
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