3D Google maps of Cardiff for Android phones
For those in a rush you can download the Android APP here: Google mobile link
A great app for navigating Cardiff has been released for the Android operating system, allowing those with Android phone users to view an interactive 3D map of Cardiff.
"Cardiff residents and visitors will be available to navigate the city in 3D after it became one of 100 locations worldwide to be chosen for a new Google mobile application.
The mobile app available to download for android phones allows users to see the Google mapping tool in 3D – and Cardiff along with Birmingham are the only two cities in the UK made available in this way. Read more about the release of Google Maps 5 for android phones here.
Google said only some cities have 3D imagery due to the rate the data is being processed. A spokesperson for Google said:
"We are working hard to release 3D data as fast as possible, and 2011 should see significant increases in coverage."
This video explains how the 3D maps works:
" source: www.guardian.co.uk
Lifehacker went on to explain the apps key features and tips on using it a bit further:
"You can now explore maps in three dimensions, showing you 3D representations of buildings, and using your phone's compass to automatically rotate the map so it always faces the same direction you are. The screenshots may make it look gimmicky, but the ability for Maps to more accurately represent what you're seeing in real life makes navigating a breeze, no matter where you are. Plus, it's worth mentioning that this version of Maps is fast—way faster than the last version. Moving around maps and zooming in and out is so smooth it's blowing my mind a little.
A possibly even cooler feature is offline caching, which allows you to use that awesome turn-by-turn navigation we love so much even if you lose internet connection. In fact, it will proactively cache large map areas based on where you spend the most time—meaning Maps is extremely fast and reliable in the places you need it most. It can even reroute your turn-by-turn directions without connection, so you don't have to worry about getting where you need to go when you have crappy 3G coverage. By default, it only caches when connected to Wi-Fi, but there is a setting to allow prefetching on non-Wi-Fi connections as well. " source: www.lifehacker.com