Big Changes Coming To Android Google Maps

Posted: Dec 9 2010, 5:57am CST | by , in News | Android


Big Changes Coming To Android Google Maps
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Get your phones ready for a power-sized update

Google Maps has a history of taking a long time to load and being completely useless in a non-connected area when it comes to Android, but Google's next update to the mobile Maps app will eliminate both of those headaches, and add more features too.

The following changes will come when Google updates to Google Maps 5.0 for Android:

3D Buildings:
You'll now get a better sense for what the area looks like without having to load up Street View. That's because 3D renderings of buildings now show up on the main map view.

Offline Mode:
If you're on the subway and want to peruse the local landmarks where you're headed, you'll be able to do that now. Or, if you miss a turn in the GPS Navigation
mode, and you're in a dead zone, it will still be able to give you re-routed directions.

Faster Load Times:

No more waiting around for Google Maps to render everything in real-time when you hit the app button. Some content will be pre-loaded to the phone so you can  get a more instant look at your surroundings.

Direction Awareness:
The app will now also know when you turn, thanks to stronger support with the phone's built-in compass.

The new version of Google Maps will require Android 1.6 or later, which counts for the hugely vast majority of Android users. No word on when the update will happen, but hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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