The software features an offline-caching mode that stores mapping data into the browser storage which allows users to pull up directions even if there's no network on the device.

At the recently held D Mobile Conference in San Francisco, Google's head for mobile platforms Andy Rubin announced the release of the new Google Maps App that will work in Subways and other places with low and even no network signals.

Rubin said that Google Maps 5 features an offline-caching mode that stores mapping data into the browser storage which allows users to pull up directions even if there's no network on the device. The app also introduces 3D models of buildings and a new vector map display that replaces the current tiled data version. Google Maps 5 will be available for Android-based smartphones (from version 1.6 and later) in the coming days.

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