Google Maps 5 for Android (Video)

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The new vector-based version of Google Maps for Android means better performance, less checkerboards, and smoother navigation. It also includes offline-caching which will not only load map data faster, but allow you to navigate to certain places if you lose a data connection. What’s more is that you can tap into the Google Earth-like functionality by using two fingers to tilt the map for a 3D view of the landscape. If you’re in a city, you’ll see 3D buildings, which will fade into view once you zoom in a good bit. Overall, it’s a robust update that looks great, especially on the latest Android devices like the Nexus S, Droid Incredible, Galaxy S, and others.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.