Google Maps 5.0 with 3D maps and offline caching supported by Xperia X10

by X10 on December 19, 2010

in Applications, GPS, News, Video

Google Maps 5.0Google recently announced Google Maps 5.0 with some very impressive headline features. This includes 3D vector graphics as well as offline caching and rerouting. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is only partially supported as it includes panning, zooming, and tilting gestures only. What we are missing is the rotating gesture, which requires Android 2.2 (Froyo).

You’ll notice in the official video below, that a dual-touch gesture is used to enter the 3D mode, however X10 owners aren’t left out in the dark despite the lack of multitouch. The map modes can be toggled between 2D/3D by pressing the Compass logo in the top right of the screen. The 3D maps really does make an eye-catching difference when using maps, however it is only limited to around 100 cities right now globally (click here for the full list). The offline caching is also a very practical addition and is enabled automatically, storing the most used routes. Click through for an idea of what Maps 5.0 brings to the table. You can download it from the Android Market now.

Via Google Mobile Blog (1 & 2).

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 gozlika December 19, 2010 at 9:02 PM

works on mini?!

2 Kevin Casey December 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Does this work on all Xperias ? Or just those with the 2.1 update?

3 Ma December 19, 2010 at 9:32 PM

How do you enable 3D without multi touch?

4 SusJ December 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM

How do I use tilting? The google site says x10 supports tilting but I can’t find any way to do that.

5 Se X10 Fan December 19, 2010 at 9:55 PM

@SusJ: very top of the map check there is a compus just tap it and u will enable tilting mode….

6 masoud December 19, 2010 at 10:01 PM
7 Hannah December 19, 2010 at 10:03 PM

WTF–most misleading title EVER. You tell us it’s “Supported by X10” in the title and then a few sentences in, you tell us it’s only PARTIALLY supported. Eff you x10 blog for making my day and then ruining it. UGH

8 bravo December 19, 2010 at 10:05 PM

I can’t find it on the market and the link on tells me it doesn’t exist… 🙁

9 x19 December 19, 2010 at 10:48 PM

this update is amazing so detailed

10 dan December 20, 2010 at 4:38 AM

@Hannah its missing one feature, dont cry over nothing.
@bravo check the market for Google maps version should be 5.0

I think this post is missing the two killer features. This update uses 100X less data, and supports caching. Also it has some offline navigation.

11 jair December 20, 2010 at 5:25 AM

Mm but what about the maps if im offline i wont see anything .

12 Dark Max December 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

This must be a joke. Google can map Taipei in 3D and not Singapore…. huh? Taipei is a messy place and Singapore has practically the best roads in the world and yet…… Sigh….

13 burdie December 21, 2010 at 7:36 AM

That’s why we need 2.2 and above on X10. New apps are optimized on latest android built (2.2 and above) and our X10 still far behind. For those fanboys that satisfied with 2.1 (or even 1.6), now you realize why we keep fxxking SE for update?

@Dark Max
Sinpapore may have best roads in the world as it may be the shortest road in the world. It may explain why it is the best. (eerrrrr, few months ago i just went there and wonder why i felt bumpy inside the cab)

14 daci December 21, 2010 at 8:36 AM

didnt work on indonesia.. still stuck on 4.4

15 x10 warrior December 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM

works cool in India

16 amber December 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

hey how it works its not showing any 3d thing in my x10 :O(

17 Alex December 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Very nice with updates, but i have 2 problems with google maps 5014 on X10 Mini.

1. Street names and icons for restaurant etc are all too small now. They are so small i cant even read many of them plus they look broken up/destroyed. This because they are too small. Pre 5014 the text and icons were also very small but they looked great. This has to be fixed.

2. I cant see any “compass” icon when i run it. So no idea how to see the vector graphics 3D view that tilts etc. Tried starting GPS and everything but i still cant see any compass.

Maybe both problems are because it didnt update correct. Anyone else with a X10 mini have any of the 2 problems i mentioned?

18 =NoXiouS= December 22, 2010 at 4:47 AM

Works good enough on My Un-Rooted XPERIA X10a 🙂

19 marios December 22, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Does it work on x10 mini ?tell me

20 Darth Glacious December 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Bullshit, not present in Romania and the app is nowhere to be found on the market. Still version 4.4.
Possibly it will arrive later.

21 Shivam December 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I installed it on my X10 mini, there are no features from 5.0 even though the new version feature pop up in the beginning says so.
The version said is 5.0, but there are no features.
the top bar which should have a search bar and my location button isn’t there either.

22 toks December 27, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Works fine (#5014) on mine X10 mini pro, can use it offline (very nice!), but can’t toggle between 2D/3D…

23 Mark December 28, 2010 at 4:07 AM

I have the same issue with Alex, I can NOT see the buttons above where the Compass option can be tapped. im using an Xperia Mini Pro

24 air max france April 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

je vous remercie de partager, très gentil de votre part

25 hamedbayat61 October 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM

persian for xperia x10i 1.6

26 hamedbayat61 October 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

where l can download keyboard farsi or arabic for xperia x10i 1.6

27 Angela December 6, 2011 at 1:58 AM

I can’t change between 2D and 3D, i can’t see the compass even I have google maps 6.0 🙁 do you something about this? i have xperia X10 mini..!

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