Google has finally updated their Maps application for the Android devices.
The latest version of Google Maps for Android feature offline support for maps. This feature has been part of the labs for a couple of months now.
Using this feature, you can save maps for complete cities offline which can be accessed on the move without internet connectivity. Sadly, you would not be able to get directions in offline mode.
Google has also updated the compass mode for Street View functionality. Google said:
Today we’re also releasing a smoother and faster Compass Mode for Street View within Google Maps for Android. It’s the next best thing to being there, because your device becomes a window into a 360-degree, panoramic view of the outdoor or interior location through Business Photos. To experience the improved qualities of this feature you need a device with Google Maps for Android, Android 3.0 or higher and a gyroscope sensor plus version 1.8.1 of Street View on Google Maps.