Google Maps 5, which we have been anxiously waiting for, mostly due to its 3D capabilities and offline map caching, has arrived! You can download the update in the Market by clicking the following QR code from your mobile phone or scanning it with Barcode Scanner:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps

Here are the new changes:

  • Explore the map in 3D. Two finger drag down/up to tilt; twist to rotate on supported devices.
  • Use compass mode to rotate the map to where you're facing. Center the map with My Location then tap again.
  • Improved map caching and offline Navigation rerouting if you lose your connection.

Update: Google's official blog post with more details can be found here.

The following devices are listed as fully supported, though the list is clearly incomplete:

  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • Motorola Droid
  • Motorola Droid X
  • Motorola Droid 2
  • HTC Droid Incredible
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC G2
  • the dual-core Motorola tablet we've been salivating about

The following devices support panning, zooming, and tilting gestures only:

  • HTC Desire
  • Sony Ericsson X10
  • LG Ally
  • HTC Nexus One

Note: In addition to hardware requirements, rotating gestures also require at least Android 2.2 (Froyo).

        The Maps application on Android is so superior to any other navigation software on any other platform, and even the Android platform itself, that it is almost wrong that we are allowed to use it for free. Thank you and great job, Google!

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        • zen kun

          amazing wow downloading!!!!

        • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

          Anyone on Droid (CM 6.1.2) gets twist-to-rotate to work? I've tried every way to "twist", but none of my twists work!

        • OFI

          Another US exclusive?

          Awesome... ¬_¬

        • Davor

          No update in Slovenia on HTC Legend.. Apk anyone? Will navigation work in EU, or we have to wait for brut edition? :)

        • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

          Works on my Nexus One, but with out the 3D. Still, it is a vast improvement in response with the vector map base.

        • froyoCop

          works great on nexus one, WITH 3D!!!! tested by browsing to downtown LA, two finger swype from top to bottom. note, not all locations has 3d building data. i'm happy

          • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

            Yeah that was my problem, Las Vegas has no 3D data currently.

            • froyoCop

              I think two finger twist/turn is the only function doesn't work.

        • http://suddenfish.net Suddenfish

          OMG I love it. <3
          Thank you so much Google. Haven't got the 3D, and of course the twist won't work on my Nexus One due to hardware limitations, but I'm fine with that. It's superior as is.

        • http://www.christiantechsaz.com/ Aaron

          Bummer, took away the Bubble labs I used to quickly call/navigate. :(

          • Michael Smith

            I am also disappointed because of that...it saved a lot of time

        • Astria

          updates right after i switch on the phone... HTC Desire, Singapore

        • floretbroccoli

          I don't see how to get 3D. I'm in NYC and I'm sure that they have 3D maps for NYC.

          • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

            Just watch this video:


            The only thing I couldn't get to work on my Droid is the rotation.

            • floretbroccoli

              Thank you, but I didn't post until after I'd watched that video.

              It appears to me that the hand in the video put two fingers on the top of the map and pulled down. As the hand did this, buildings grew up on the map.

              This did not happen for me.

              On a third watching it appeared that the two fingers started from the middle of the three top buttons and from the compass. Still didn't work for me. Ugh.

              Galaxy Vibrant.

              • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

                Hmm. I can tell you for sure that NYC does have 3D building, 'cause I am in NYC also and I tried that on my Droid.

        • shadowjin

          can they add more phones? (like the mytouch 4g?)

          It works for the mytouch 4g! after watching the demo i zoomed in and and used both fingers to pan the screen and the 3d buildings poped up.. you have to be in a supported city!

        • Haytham

          can i use it for windows mobile?

        • Breno Poubel

          Fuck you google, where's my favs?