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Google Maps 5 Updated to Include 3D Maps and Offline Navigation

Google Maps 5 with 3D maps is out!  Go grab that sucker now and start dominating a world in multiple dimensions…

With this new version we get:

  • 3D maps as you’ll see below.
  • Twist-viewing to check out cities from different angles.
  • Compass mode to rotate map to the direction you are facing.
  • Offline navigation and improved map caching in case you lose connection.

Update 2:  A video of the new features has been posted here.

Update:  A couple of screenshots for you:

Cheers Eugene!

  • Vietnam

    do I need data connection the first time?
    Can I use the world map?
    thanks for your answere

  • Itsmepaul57

    Ive been round all the android sits and do you knwo what id really like ?

    A DOWNLOAD LINK!!!!!!!!!!

  • dgw

    I live in Las Vegas and tried it at the Luxor Hotel that is a Pyramid and it shows as a box.

  • Aj9711

    I just started using my google maps on my droid. The voice directions are all in the metric system, kilometers, meters….is there a way to change the voice to miles and feet? The display itself is showing in miles/feet, just the voice isn't.

  • Aantdoe2

    cant get 3d buildings!!!!!!!!!!! please help???? DX………

  • socalrailroader

    The offline navigation will be great for me in rural NorCal, but the 3D is pretty useless as I live (Mendocino County) and work (Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Butte and Sutter Counties) in area devoid of man made skyscrapers, but they are full of nature made ones (Redwoods, Mountains, Volcanoes).

  • Slagg3r

    Maps works great on my droid running bb 05 can do everything it says

  • Kaufkin

    dumb question: anybody else notice the 'end tab' buttons are missing from labs? :-( I liked the 1 click “navagate” option…

  • Justin

    Can't download still.

    I have a rooted droid on clockwork mod 2.5.0.1

    Anyone have that old link to the post that tells rooted users how to update G-maps?

  • http://twitter.com/Falasophist Siaka

    no buildings around for 3d to work for my area, time square looks awesome tho

  • FortitudineVincimus

    very cool

    where is the map cache located? I hope on the SD card and not on the phone. If it is on the card, I do not see it.

    Anyone?

  • Cgmartin33

    Can I get a HELL YES!

  • http://twitter.com/Falasophist Siaka

    The new Google maps is pretty nice

    … btw does anyone know what that andy/bug looking icon in the notification bar is? It caught my and im just wondering.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

      USB Debugging Connected.

      • http://twitter.com/Falasophist Siaka

        thanks, idk why it looked weird to me?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

          It's Just The New Gingerbread Theme That Eliminated The White Andy With A Black Outline Box Around It.

  • rals

    Works awesome in Chicago

  • Richlost

    Already got my first Force Close using 5.0

  • http://twitter.com/JayGmarK MarkJay Acosta

    My Christmas Present Has Arrived!

  • http://twitter.com/savvasdalkitsis Savvas Dalkitsis

    Rotation not working on Milestone? :( Or am I doing something wrong?

    • http://twitter.com/daoist KMFT

      Not working for me either. Droid 1, CM 6.

      • http://twitter.com/savvasdalkitsis Savvas Dalkitsis

        All the lists say that the original droid should have rotation working. :(

        • Jager07

          Rotation works fine for me on my OG Droid. Simply Stunning 4.9.1

          • http://twitter.com/SJFee Sean Fee

            Manual rotation with two fingers? Or only auto rotation when you turn (compass-slaved rotation)?

          • Jager07

            Manual rotation works fine for me.

          • Jager07

            For manual rotation, I can press one finger down and rotate a 2nd finger around it (like using a drafting compass) or I can place one finger down and flick-drag a 2nd finger (like imitating a skate-boarder pushing off with one foot in order to skate), or I can also place two fingers down and rotate both by twisting my wrist/arm. Pretty easy to do any of those methods.

          • http://twitter.com/SJFee Sean Fee

            Weird. Thanks for the info. Might be my particular ROM (UD 2.5), but beyond that I’m not sure what my issue is. Twist usually works fine for me w/ Google Earth mobile.

          • Jager07

            Yeah, it’s the same motion as with Google Earth. Sorry, dude.

      • dono

        Not working for me, too. Running CM6, also. Looks to be a CM related thing. =/
        Works perfectly on my stock Droid X, though.

      • Billythedeuce

        I'm running MIUI 0.12.11 and it is not working for me either.

      • Dan

        me neither here, Droid 1, CM6. do you think you need Wifi on?

      • The350zWolf

        I have it working on my OG Droid running CM6.1.2 stable. To rotate double tap the locations button (upper right corner) to get compass, then it will rotate

        • Jager07

          You are describing something different. I can manually rotate my map on OG Droid without using the compass feature. Simply Stunning 4.9.1.

      • http://twitter.com/SJFee Sean Fee

        Same here, Droid 1, UD 2.5. Rotation only works in compass mode when slaved to the compass, no 2 finger twist action here.

    • Lakerzz

      Try using one finger on each hand…(if that makes sense) seems works better like that.

  • dellbx

    Still waiting to see what sweet, no-working apps Droid-Life has in store for us today.

    * Nexus S wallpaper – Not working
    * Launcher pro GB – Not working

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Not working? You fayul at installing then. I have BOTH on my OG Droid right meow. Both work perfectly. Maybe you're on a Crackberry? That would definitely explain the “Not Working” issues. Excuse my bluntness, but when you post a comment that sound like they're coming from a Troll, then don't expect a warm reply :)

      Thank you, come again!
      p.s. If you need help pressing install, then let me know….we can get those files working…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

        Tim Did You See The Troll In The BB Post? He Had A Very Pleasant SN For You.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          BB Post? :P

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

            The Best Buy One Today.

            http://www.droid-life.com/2010…/

          • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

            Wow! What a troll! :P

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

            I Knew It Was Towards You, But He Doesn't Know Or Realize How Much You Help Out Us (The Android Community) Everyday.

      • Kaufnkin

        +1 – worked fine for me. OG Droid. Cyan 6.1.2

    • skatenaked911

      u mad

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

      LMFAO!!! Tim-o-tato That Made My Day!

  • NeoTheOne

    I'm in Atlanta. How do you get 3D maps to work?

    • keithsmith22

      Here is the official blog from Google. It helped me figure it out.

      http://googlemobile.blogspot.c

      • Anonymous

        @Keithsmith22,

        Where in Atl have you tried it, and it worked? I tried it near Atlantic Station on both my Droid Incredible and my Droid X. Which phones have you used?

      • Anonymous

        @Keithsmith22,

        Where in Atl have you tried it, and it worked? I tried it near Atlantic Station on both my Droid Incredible and my Droid X. Which phones have you used?

      • Anonymous

        @Keithsmith22,

        Where in Atl have you tried it, and it worked? I tried it near Atlantic Station on both my Droid Incredible and my Droid X. Which phones have you used?

      • Anonymous

        @Keithsmith22,

        Where in Atl have you tried it, and it worked? I tried it near Atlantic Station on both my Droid Incredible and my Droid X. Which phones have you used?

      • Anonymous

        @Keithsmith22,

        Where in Atl have you tried it, and it worked? I tried it near Atlantic Station on both my Droid Incredible and my Droid X. Which phones have you used?

      • NeoTheOne

        Thanks, I see my city is listed, but I still can't figure it out yet. I guess it will take some time for me to figure it out.

        • Lakerzz

          Zoom as close as possible until you see the 3d buildings.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, I still couldn;t get it working. I just don’t get it. Do they have to be tall buildings?

          • Anonymous

            I can get the rotation to work with no issues though. Do you have to be outside, walking to get the 3D to work?

          • Anonymous

            I can get the rotation to work with no issues though. Do you have to be outside, walking to get the 3D to work?

          • Anonymous

            I can get the rotation to work with no issues though. Do you have to be outside, walking to get the 3D to work?

          • Anonymous

            I can get the rotation to work with no issues though. Do you have to be outside, walking to get the 3D to work?

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, I still couldn;t get it working. I just don’t get it. Do they have to be tall buildings?

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, I still couldn;t get it working. I just don’t get it. Do they have to be tall buildings?

  • InvaderDJ

    Seems like only a few cities get the cool 3D buildings. Still though vector graphics and offline caching FTW.

  • Jeremy Gentry

    On an off topic note i'm running MIUI .12.11.0 and i tried to download the new market apk from this site and it wouldn't install, anyone else have the same issue? should i wait for the rom to support it or is there a way to get it to work. thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/djstarion Francisco Rodriguez

    Kinda odd that the CarDock app still uses the old style maps, not the new vector based.

  • Agacom24

    my market place still has been updated? Help?

  • The350zWolf

    Nice that you can pan through fast. Too bad we don't have skyscrapers here in San Diego to show off the 3-D :(

    • dellbx

      Hey…we do have skyscrapers here in San Diego…

      Well…they are not quite as tall and we only have a handful…I guess you're right…

  • Billythedeuce

    Can't get the map to rotate… anybody else have this problem?

    • saimin

      Click on the compass icon in the upper right to activate rotation mode. Very cool.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

      Two Fingers And Twist In A Circular Motion.

      • Anonymous

        that’s what she said ;P

      • Billythedeuce

        yeah, tried that… no luck…?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

          Hold One Finger As A Pivot Point And Drag The Other One Around And It Should Move.

        • dono

          Twisting only works on some devices. Are you on a Droid 1? Doesn't work on Droid 1.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

            I’m On The Droid 1 And Everything Works For Me.

          • dono

            Weird. Are you running stock? I’m on Cyanogen rc5 and everything but twisting works.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

            Rom: Sapphire-1.1.1

          • http://twitter.com/daoist KMFT

            Same here. I’m currently running titanium backup and I’m going to switch over to the stable release and see if it’s fixed.

          • Billythedeuce

            running MIUI 0.12.11

          • Jager07

            Yes it does. At least it works on my Droid 1.

  • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

    This isn't as big as the Gilt app we got today. But whatever :P

    • kellex

      Hah take off hoser.

  • villian1998

    Yes, maps to cache and no vectors

  • http://www.facebook.com/Upstreammiami Ronald Valdes

    i cant see the 3d buildings *?

    • mlawlor777

      i noticed my neighborhood wasnt showing 3D building but then i searched boston and sure enough there they were.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

        Only In Major Cities To Start With…?

        • http://www.facebook.com/Upstreammiami Ronald Valdes

          im in miami thats major city … wtf ?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

            I Couldn't Tell Ya, But Hartford, CT Is In 3D. =)

          • http://www.facebook.com/Upstreammiami Ronald Valdes

            this sucks!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shannon-C-Kerr/827781725 Shannon C. Kerr

      Same here. I did a Sears Tower search (I know it is renamed) and it didn't show up in 3D either. I searched for some special option and tried terrain and satellite modes too with no luck.

      • http://jeftek.com Jef

        Shannon,

        Zoom in further. I looked in Chicago and had the same conclusion, until I zoomed in some more.

        You need to tit with 2 fingers down first too.

        • Jager07

          Mmm, tit with two fingers. I like it.

  • The350zWolf

    Got it and got last fm update along the way! Woohoo!

  • EPCDX

    yeeeeeeeeee!

  • mlawlor777

    i kinda figured that it would launch today. only because of the Nexus S being launched with it loaded. another solid update from google. right on!

  • Gemnsitone

    dang second . finally 3D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

      I Know! 3D FTW!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

    First.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

      I Love ALL The Features In This New Update Period.