Google’s recently announced Maps for Android devices is now available in the Android Market. The app that relied on a decent internet connectivity to provide the latest maps and navigation now supports offline navigation. Well, it still has a lot of ground to cover to come close to Nokia’s Ovi Maps but it’s a step in the right direction.
The offline mode works by pre-fetching data so even if you lose the connection, you won’t lose the the route.
Another new feature is the inclusion of 3D viewing. Maps now supports vector graphics that enables the app to “dynamically draw the maps” to allow tilting, rotating and smooth scrolling.