Google Maps offers offline support, Uber integration

Summary:Google is beefing up its Maps efforts with restaurant listings, offline support and integration with Uber to find rides.

Google Maps is offering offline support and options to save maps as the company moves to integrate with everything from restaurant listings to train schedules and Uber.

The changes, outlined in a blog post, highlight how Google is upping the ante in mapping technologies. Nokia, now free of a money losing handset unit, Microsoft and Apple are other mobile mapping players.

Google's move to offer offline access is a nod to the fact that the cloud and connections may not always be available. Offline maps are a settings under profiles.

Offline Maps

 

As for the monetization, Google is adding restaurant bars and hotels to geotargeted listings. Train listings and Uber integration via the transportation service's app are also available.

Topics: Mobility, Google

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