Google Maps Finally Allows Complete Offline Navigation Along with Search Features

November 13, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Back during the Google I/O conference this year, we witnessed a catchy move that was brought out by Jen Fitzpatrick, VP Product Management at Google Maps.

It dealt with offline navigation in Google Maps. Google assured that they will be bringing in the feature by the end of 2015. And here we are now, bringing you the launch news of the offline navigation feature with more than a month still left before the year winds up.

With the new update, Android users from all over the world, regardless of their location, will be able to download maps of places, cities, or even countries so that they can later have access to it when being offline.

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Google says the feature will benefit people on the go, who face network drops that paralyse the navigational features in Google Maps.

Once you have the maps downloaded, Google will automatically switch to offline mode when in that location, and when the network coverage falls. The app will automatically revert to online mode once the network reappears, thereby providing a seamless way of navigation with the new feature.

The ability to view offline maps was already present in Google Maps. However, that represented nothing more than an offline map which came to no use when navigation or when searching for new things.

Apps like Here from Nokia had greater influence on users when it came to offline maps due to its detailed dispatch of offline maps, including the ability to download an entire continent.

The new offline update in Google Maps however fetches a lot more details to your phone, enabling turn-by-turn voice navigation support and other search features in offline mode.

Users can also search for nearby places and other info regarding their searches in offline mode, like restaurant and shop timings, reviews and more.

The only glitch is that users will have access to this feature at the cost of smartphone storage. A fully downloaded map of a city will consume around 200-400MB in your device, which doesn’t seem affordable for budget smartphone users.

The feature is currently available only for Android devices, but Google will soon roll out the feature for iOS devices too.

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