Sunday 11 December 2016

Google Maps adds more offline features

Emma Clark

Published 11/11/2015 | 10:14

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Google Maps has added a number of offline features that will help you find your way when you don't have an internet connection.

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Google Maps has let users download and save maps for offline viewing for some time, but a new update boosts its usefulness significantly.

As before, you can download a chunk of a map, but now you’ll be able to use the search and direction features. You’ll even be able to get information about opening hours or contact details for businesses.

Google recognised that a significant portion of the world is without internet access, but there are also areas where online connectivity is spotty or unreliable. In a blog post, it added, “That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population"

If your connection drops, you’ll be taken into offline mode automatically. You won’t get live traffic updates, but you should still be able to find your way thanks to the other offline features.

But this is just one step for Google and its plans for offline navigation. “Over time, we'll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way - even when you can't find a connection,” it wrote.

Offline search and navigation is now available on Android. It will be available on iOS in the coming weeks.

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