By Brandon Miniman | December 16, 2010 3:32 PM
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.