New Google Maps will be vector based, due to launch in "days"

Yesterday’s fantastic interview with Andy Rubin also saw the Google man demonstrate the next version of Google Maps for Android in a lot of detail, with the BIG CHANGE being a complete switch to a brand new vector-based map display model.

This is huge news for mobile users, with the end of reliance on image based “tiles” letting phones download their entire routes in advance, much quicker, and should also allow Google to let users download maps for offline use.

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Plus the new 3D interface lets users swoop down into streets and take a look at the size and scale of buildings. Rubin says new Google Maps will launch on Android in “a matter of days” – and it’s being coded specifically for Android, so ought to be a Google exclusive app for quite some time.

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Watch Andy Rubin’s demo of the new Android Google Maps here. It’s actually very exciting. Looks like you might need a modern power-phone to make all the 3D business work properly, though.

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  1. MrChaz

     /  December 7, 2010

    The quotes I’ve seen are that it uses 100 times less data now which is insane and great news for those with tight data tarrifs.

  2. MarkG

     /  December 7, 2010

    I’d love for Google to just switch off feeding updates to iOS. Seems iPhone users are dependant upon Google for the best apps…. Time will come when Google deal the killer blow….

  3. andy p

     /  December 19, 2010

    With the things Steve jobs says about android, it would make sense to give them less at some stage. Google probably makes lots of advertising revenue from apple. But with android growing hopefully Google can put the squeeze on jobs and his world domination bid

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