Sell mobile phone for chance to benefit from "major technical challenge"

20 December 2010 — 12:01 PM

Google has made a significant breakthrough in its Maps tool

Google has undertaken a "major technical challenge" that could now benefit those who decide to sell a mobile phone and upgrade to an Android device.

Andrew Miller, software engineer at Google Maps for Mobile and author of the search engine's latest blog, says vector graphics had to be employed in order to "dynamically" draw the latest version of the tool.

Google Maps 5.0 was announced recently and may be of significant interest to consumers.

For the first time, it features 3D displays, allowing users to visualise the landscape of the area they are mapping, as well as an enhanced offline capability.

However, this was only possible after tackling the vector graphics issue – something that was completed successfully and could now be to the benefit of those selling mobiles.

Michael Siliski, an author of the Google Mobile Blog last week, suggested he used the application on a recent trip to New York and found it particularly useful.

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