Mobile recycling can lead consumers to 3D Google Maps

17 December 2010 — 12:01 PM

A brand new version of Google Maps may appeal to fans of the tool

The latest version of Google Maps, including 3D images, is now available to people who recycle a mobile phone.

Individuals choosing to do their bit for the environment when a handset comes to the end of its life could opt for a high-class smartphone as its replacement in order to take advantage of the updated feature.

Michael Siliski, author of the latest Google Mobile Blog, explains Google Maps 5.0 for Android is the first time the concept of a flat, north-facing map has been changed.

He notes the new version uses vector graphics to provide a 3D view of the streets they are searching, so consumers are able to visualise the skyline of a region without seeing it.

Mr Siliski suggests he adopted the feature for the first time during a recent trip to New York, where he says it was particularly "helpful".

Google has recently been in the headlines for announcing the release of its latest mobile phone, the Nexus S.

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