Forget about other map apps, Google Maps now offers offline navigation
Google announced that it will launch a new offline mode for search and navigation which will helps drivers in different directions.
This feature was first shown at Google I/O on an event in May. The new update will work alongside with the online version of Maps.
The data connection will turn on and off without interfering with the app. The Android version will start updating from today while the iOS version will be available sometime soon.
Google Maps already have the option to save some specific marked areas since 2012. But, it is for the first time that a complete search and navigation option has been included in the offline mode.
It means that if you have saved a particular city on your app, than you will be easily able to find your favorite café without your phone connection.
The place saved will have names, phone numbers and ratings but no photo or reviews visible.
The route of the place you have directed the map to show will update with the internet connection but the directions will be showed according to an average traffic time rather than the real traffic time data.
Due to the space issues, there are no walking directions, but Google has promised that upcoming updates will include this feature too.
The new update will be most helpful for those who are searching without a data connection in a dead zone or a foreign country.
The project manager Amanda Bishop explained that the standard users will notice that their maps are loading faster.
That is all because of the different nature of the data connection. She also praised the app and said that it is super fast and you never will have to wait for anything.