Google Maps for Android 5.0: 3D Buildings, Navigation When You Lose Net Connection

Google Maps for Android received a big upgrade this week and a new round version number: 5.0.

The next generation of mobile maps (Google Mobile Blog)

Maps can now be displayed in three-quarter view with 3D buildings displayed. This feature includes tilt control (drag down with two fingers), map rotation, and a compass mode to center the map.

Maps are now also cached to let it keep working when you are out of range of 3G or WiFi. An even more important feature named offline rerouting will be rolled out over the next few weeks to keep turn-by-turn navigation running even if you lose network connectivity (within the bounds of the cached data).

You’ll need an Android phone running Android OS 2.0 or newer to use the new features.