Google’s Offline Maps for Android Go Live across the World!

Jun 29, 2012 | 1,479 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has officially launched offline maps of Android devices in 150 countries around the globe. Google announced the advent of this new functionality earlier in June at the SMX West. Google explained the functionality of the new maps- “Now, you can download the latest version of the app in Google Play, then select and save a region of a map from more than 150 countries for use offline. Whether travelling internationally, carrying a WiFi-only device, heading underground on the subway or restricting your mobile data usage, you can now save up to six large metro areas (e.g., Greater London, Paris, or New York City and surrounding area) and use Google Maps for Android to find your way.”

Going online is no longer a necessity for using Google Maps and international travelers can use the Maps in 150 countries while getting to save offline maps for up to six large cities. Saving a map is quite simple as you have to find the location, then get the mapping menu and choose- “make available offline.” The feature will also tell you the space it will take on your Android device and once you select it, only then will the map start downloading. Offline maps are stored in the “My Places” area.

Google also revealed that for GPS enabled devices, the blue dot will continue to work without a data connection. You will never get lost again as you will always know via the blue dot where you are and with a compass in your phone you can know your position without 3G or WiFi connectivity.  The map is highly functional as one can zoom in and out of the map to look at the entire area.

The flip side of these offline maps is that you cannot search for any further local information without an internet connection. So, while the offline maps will tell you about subways stations and other transit details, you will not be able to find a restaurant in the area without data connection. 

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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