Google Maps offline coming soon to Android

June 6, 2012
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Today we are hearing from Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps on what they have in store with Google Maps and the future. As the entire event gets under way we've already learned a few interesting little bits about the extremely popular Google Maps. Things like over 5 million unique miles have been drove by the Google Map cars. Today however, they just announced full offline maps coming soon to Android.

Now you might be thinking to yourself "wait, that isn't new." And you are partly right. Last year Google made navigation transit directions available offline in some aspects. Users could input their navigation directions, their to and from information and save it for later use. While traveling outside of service range you could still have full directions and mapping. What Google's announced today is completely different. You can now have entire cities offline.

Obviously entire cities might be too large, but if you're headed to London for a summer vacation and won't have a phone data connection you can just download and save a large portion of the city. This enables users to have full navigation, directions, and mapping of their destination without a data connection. Using your phones GPS you can still get full directions, enabling most features to work perfectly without racking up that huge roaming bill. This has been available in Google Labs (beta) for a short while too.

There are multiple different usage scenarios for offline maps, especially when they have the services, details, and reach of Google Maps. According to Google this will first be available on Android, and is finally coming soon. Stay tuned for more details as the Google Maps event continues.


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  • cq

    this would only be useful if you could calculate directions without a data connection.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      You can!! GPS if your device has it.. the blue dot will still guide you buddy

  • Chahk Noir

    What is this mysterious “Google Laps (beta)” service? :p

    • Paul_Werner

      Lol, I was looking at that like Laps? Lol, I want that feature :P

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        lol. Thanks guys! Yes it is Google Labs…

      • Chahk Noir

        Dammit! I thought it was a new super-secret app used for swim training. :p

  • ehoo

    cool

  • John Simpson

    Quote : “This enables users to have full navigation, directions, and mapping of their destination without a data connection.”

    WRONG

    It does NOT allow you to navigate offline, there are NO SUCH DIRECTIONS AVAILABLE OFFLINE WITHOUT THE USE OF DATA.

    You cannot search addresses nor plot directions while offline.

    It merely allows you to view the map offline and your current location within that map. That is all. It cannot calculate directions nor find addresses.

    Your article has been horribly misleading.
    Please edit or remove.