Google Maps will expand offline capabilities very soon
Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong.
On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only save maps offline, but new updates will now allow you to search for places in maps offline, and still get opening hours among other data offline. The cherry topper is that turn-by-turn navigation will work offline too, something that’ll allow users to travel abroad and continue to rely on Google Maps when needed, even without a data connection. This also allows users with limited data plans to not spend more than needed in maps navigation.
The turn-by-turn navigation update should reach devices later this year, though we’re still looking out for additional limitations, as the UI for navigation doesn’t seem to be the same exact one we currently see with online navigation.