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Google Teases Maps For Mobile 5 Improvements

Google's upcoming Google Maps for Mobile 5 will have 3D vector graphics and gesture based navigational features, the company has announced.

The new features, showcased by Andy Rubin during the Wall Street Journal's D:Mobilized event, will include better graphics, gesture controls and offline mode.

Rubin said that the 3D vector graphics will be available for use in 300 cities initially, while users will be able to use the gesture control features to swipe and move the device in order to reposition the map.

TechRadar reports however, that the soon-to-be-released app will only be able available for the Galaxy S, Nexus S, Droid, Evo and G2.

According to Rubin, the newest update to Google Maps will use vector graphics instead of tiles to display the maps, thereby using 100 times less data than previous versions. Due to the low data requirement, users will be able to load a larger area if offline. The offline mode will allow users to access the maps even without a data connection, but users will still need web access if they want to refresh them.