The new Google Maps v5 that has been previewed recently featuring 3D viewing angles and offline mode is available for download now. Some of the new features mentioned:
“Tilting: Drag down with two fingers to tilt the map. Tilt while zoomed in on one of the 100+ cities around the world with 3D buildings to see a skyline spring to life.
Rotating: Twist with two fingers to rotate the map. After tilting to see 3D buildings, rotate around them to gain a new perspective from any direction.
Smooth zooming: Slide two fingers together or apart, and see the map and labels continuously scale to any zoom level, stopping when your fingers stop.
Compass mode: Center the map on your location, and then tap the compass button in the top right corner. The map will flip into 3D mode and start rotating to match your perspective, while still keeping all the labels upright and readable.
It’s also worth noting that Maps will now be using smaller and more efficient vector images to help promote smoothness across the app.
As far as those nifty 3D multi-touch gestures are concerned, not all devices will be fully supported. This isn’t considered to be a complete list, but fully supported devices include:
Samsung Nexus S
Samsung Galaxy S
Motorola Droid 2
Motorola Droid X
HTC EVO 4G
And partially supported devices include:
Sony Ericsson X10
HTC Nexus One
To download Google Maps 5 and give it a whirl, simply hit the Market and update now, or click this link from your Android device.