Google is using vector graphics to make the rendered streets 3D so you can tilt, rotate, zoom and more. It has a real 3D effect. Here is how Google describes it:
- 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.
Here is a video demo:
Google is now "proactively cache (or store) large areas on your device based on where you use Maps the most." Google will store map data based on what maps you use the most. Plus, if you use Google Maps Navigator, Google will download enough data to your device to reroute you without using internet, if you go off course.
A very nice upgrade available in the Android Market.
Forum discussion at Google Mobile Help.