The new software also will cache your most traveled routes allowing for off-line re-routing even if you have no signal on your cell phone. The upgraded program also uses less data and battery power and is more dependent on your phone's processor. This allows you to enjoy easier scrolling and smoother transitions.
Android handsets that fully support Google Maps 5 include the Motorola DROID immediate family (DROID, DROID 2 and DROID X), the Samsung Galaxy S and Nexus S, the HTC Droid Incredible, HTC EVO 4G and the T-Mobile HTC G2. Android 1.6 or higher is required to install the app while the 3D renderings and off-line navigation require phones using Android 2.0 or higher.