Google Maps offers offline support, Uber integration

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.

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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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  • Spelling Über

    Does ZDNet not stretch to other-language characters? ÄÖÜ and even ß are not that difficult to do...

    I am doing this from my boring old UK keyboard, having installed the MS German option. You can even get an on-screen visual representation to help you find the keys...

    C'mon guys, there is a whole different world out there...
    DAS01
  • Spelling Über

    Does ZDNet not stretch to other-language characters? ÄÖÜ and even ß are not that difficult to do...

    I am doing this from my boring old UK keyboard, having installed the MS German option. You can even get an on-screen visual representation to help you find the keys...

    C'mon guys, there is a whole different world out there...
    DAS01
  • Spelling Über

    Does ZDNet not stretch to other-language characters? ÄÖÜ and even ß are not that difficult to do...

    I am doing this from my boring old UK keyboard, having installed the MS German option. You can even get an on-screen visual representation to help you find the keys...

    C'mon guys, there is a whole different world out there...
    DAS01
    • Looks like you have some bounce

      in that UK keyboard of yours - three (identical) posts within roughly 10 minutes...

      I just tried out the new offline feature in Google Maps. You will probably encounter a limit to how much you can zoom out in any given area, but it's still pretty cool. There have been tricks to accomplish this in recent versions, but now it's made much simpler. Good going.
      Den2010
    • US keyboards

      Do not have those characters. And since appears for me on the US edition of the site, why would they.
      schultzycom
      • Umlauts and other such characters

        Schultzycom, if you read my post properly you would have seen that you can have Umlauts and other such characters.

        Having a US keyboard is no excuse.

        The word "über" is German, and is spelled with two dots on the u like this ü. "Uber" does not mean anything.
        DAS01
  • Google Maps

    The "New" Google maps is much worse than the old Google maps.
    bb_apptix
    • Worse!

      How on earth can they think this is an improvement. Street view navigation is almost impossible now!
      dumb blonde
  • No update

    I see this article, the blogs saying Maps 8.0 is available. I see on the Play store that maps was updated yesterday. No update for me though, on either my Nexus 7 or S4.
    DJL64
    • Funny

      Offline maps were available in previous versions and in labs before that. It downloads the whole route now only and not the map. Then make a big deal when they add it back in? Where are the 3D buildings like Apple Maps now years over due. Instead a tacit link into Earth which now less complete than Apple.
      LarsDennert
  • That's great but it doesn't seem to be "live"?

    I just tried it on an android as well as iOS device and using the map "offline" was not an option. Using the latest Google maps, common U.S. cities, and following the blogs instructions, it didn't work. Even trying to use the example "Toronto" as outlined in the blog failed. Maybe it isn't "live" yet or available to all users?
    ajrmd