Google Maps 5 for Android with 3D buildings and new vector maps released: Hands-on Video

Google has just released Google Maps 5 for Android today. This new version is that one that was demonstrated by Andy Rubin last week on the prototype Motorola tablet running Android 3.0 / Honeycomb. The major new feature in this release is the inclusion of the new vectorized maps and the 3D buildings in certain cities. The user now has the ability to rotate the whole map using his two fingers and also tilt the whole view with another finger gesture. Performance on my Samsung Galaxy S was surprisingly good (compared to what we saw on the prototype tablet last week). This new version will also allow you to have offline navigation thanks to the new vector based maps. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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HTC releases a YouTube application for it’s Windows Phone 7 devices

Windows Phone 7 OEM’s are finally on a roll it seems. After yesterday’s release of the pretty cool Photogram application by Samsung, the new HTC Hub with weather Live Tile it’s now  a full blown YouTube application developed by HTC that has appeared in the market place. The application has similar functionality to HTC’s other YouTube apps on WM and Android and has the big advantage of allowing you to watch videos in HD even when connected to a cellular data network (unlike the Microsoft “plugin” that reverts back to crappy quality videos when not in Wifi). Let’s hope that LG and Samsung release a similar application or that an official YouTube app gets released for WP7 shortly.

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LG Optimus 2X Dual-Core Tegra 2 powered Android handset officially launched

LG has officially unveiled and launched the LG Optimus 2X (also know as the LG Star) today in Seoul. The Optimus 2X is the first commercially available smartphone to feature an nVidia Tegra 2 chipset which includes a Dual-Core Cortex A9 CPU coupled with a higher clocked GPU similar to the one found in the original Tegra. The device has a 4″ WVGA LCD screen, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via the micro-sd slot), an 8 MPix camera, 1.3Mpix front facing camera, HDMI out and the ability to encode/decode 1080P videos. It will first ship with Android 2.2 but will be receive an Android 2.3 / Gingerbread update in the future. Check out the LG Optimus 2X specifications and press release after the break:

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