Google Maps getting update to get rid of tiles, add vector graphics, 3D and offline caching

Ever been using Google Maps on your phone, only to get to a point on the map where you have to wait for another tile to load? Well, soon, those woes will be no more, as Andy Rubin has been doing some showing off at D: Dive Into Mobile. The latest shots show Andy using a prototype tablet running Honeycomb, but that’s another article in and of itself. What we’re focusing on here is the new Google Maps, which takes out the tiles and adds in vector graphics.

Andy Rubin said the update will drop as quickly as “in a matter of days”, and will also bring to the table better zooming and panning, 3D graphics and offline caching.

Be sure to hit up the source link for all the action from D: Dive Into Mobile, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

[via engadget]

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  • curse

    Offline cashing really is th biggest news here.
    Don’t know how many times I’ve started maps just to realize that I right now got a little bad reception and have to wait ages for the map to download, I guess vectors will speed it up as well, but offline cashing will keep the map of that particular place for me.