Android Google Maps takes users offline

Android Google Maps takes users offline

Summary: A new version of Google Maps for Android has rolled out today that adds useful features that will be popular with both those in urban areas and those in rural spots.

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Google Maps has always been one of the top apps on the Android platform, with new features added regularly by Google. A new version has rolled out today that adds useful features that will be popular with both those in urban areas and those in rural spots.

Google has added notifications in Maps for those using public transportation on devices with GPS enabled. The new version lets users know when they reach the proper stop for their current route, or if they need to make a route transfer. Since it uses GPS it won't do much good on subways, but bus riders will appreciate the new feature.

Another new feature in Google Maps levels the playing field for those using an Android smartphone as a navigation device. One of the arguments in my recent debate with colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for using dedicated GPS devices versus smartphones for in-car navigation was the inability of smartphones to get online to access map information in areas without cell service.

This new version of Google Maps adds the ability to download maps to the phone for navigation on short trips into areas without web connectivity. Before heading into the no service zone simply download the map for the area. Downloaded maps can also be used for offline searches in addition to navigation. Being in areas without connectivity gets a lot more bearable with these downloaded maps.

You can get the new Google Maps in the Android Market.

[via Mobiputing]

Topics: Android, Google

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  • RE: Android Google Maps takes users offline

    Google's new enemy... GPS manufacturers. I will not be surprised if the whiny GPS mans don't launch a lawsuit pretty soon...
    tatiGmail
  • RE: Android Google Maps takes users offline

    ...or you could just use CoPilot and avoid any data use at all.

    I still prefer a dedicated nav device in my car. It offers a larger sunlight-readable display, is more accurate thanks to the amplified antenna, keeps my phone free for handling calls/messages, and works totally hands-free.

    There are certain things smartphones WEREN'T designed to do well, and trying to multitask while driving at 70MPH is one of them. Getting lost is one thing, but getting into an accident because your smartphone messed up is one risk I won't be taking.
    lgpOnTheMove
    • RE: Android Google Maps takes users offline

      @lgpOnTheMove
      I agree^^with the copilot remark!!! amazing stuff!!
      clikonco
    • RE: Android Google Maps takes users offline

      @lgpOnTheMove
      Used maps on my android device at 110km/h and have never expreienced an issue with lagg or getting lost.

      Combine that with downloading traffic updates and roadwork notifications and i'm sold.
      dunners6
      • RE: Android Google Maps takes users offline

        @dunners6

        Agreed, plus a 4.3inch superamoled+ screen is perfect for navigation.

        Tip: try waze if your in the car a lot, its a social navigator, pretty funny.
        S. DeGarnd