Offline navigation comes to Google Maps

Google Maps logoAlmost six months ago at Google I/O 2015, Google demoed offline navigation for Google Maps. Today, the feature is finally ready for consumers.

To save a map, search for a city, county, or country. On the place card there will be a new "download" button, which will save the map to your phone. In Google's example, a map of San Francisco took up 375MB of space. Once you have a map saved, Google Maps will work almost like it does online, allowing you to search, use turn-by-turn navigation, and view points of interest cards with information like reviews or opening hours. It seems the only thing that's missing is live traffic information.

There's also an "Offline Access" item in the Google Maps navigation bar that will allow you to view and manage your offline maps.

Offline navigation comes to Google Maps

Google Maps has had a janky offline implementation in the past, but it wasn't nearly as useful as this new version. The previous iteration mostly worked as an "old school" map. You could see your location on the map, but you couldn't search, navigate, or view a point of interest.

Google says it is "gradually rolling out" the feature to the latest version of Google Maps on Android today. An iOS version is "coming soon."

Source: Ars Technica

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