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How to download areas for offline mode in the new Google Maps 8

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How to download areas for offline mode in the new Google Maps 8
Google Maps for Android has many strengths, but using its virtues for offline navigation isn't one of them, especially in a few versions before the latest 8.0 redesign. You still can't navigate with turn-by-turn directions offline in Google Maps 8, but the ability to save areas of the map for later usage is more easily accessible now, and a larger part can be downloaded with a much lower storage footprint.

That's not the only improvement in the new Google Maps 8.0, as the interface has received a welcome redesign, too, and navigation options are now made richer, and easier to master. The bottom bar now showing distance, travel time and ETA, and you can also redirect on the fly. Not only that, but the new Maps software gives you lane guidance, though not in all markets. The public transport option has been enhanced, too, and for the first time a transport service like Uber has been given representation. Check out the new way to save areas in the Google Maps 8.0 offline mode, and remember this is still not a replacement for a true offline turn-by-turn navigation app, the best of which are paid.

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posted on 08 May 2014, 07:05 3

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Google maps Ftw!

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:17 3

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol Nokia does it better , FTW

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:43 3

4. PRoChandra (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2014)


LOL HERE Maps Coming to Android LMFAO :D

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:49 2

6. Super3310 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Based on my xperience nokia here maps is beter

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:31 2

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1457; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I miss Latitude.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:49

5. ngyixian96 (Posts: 89; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


Damn, my area is not available !!!

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:06

7. Augustine (Posts: 776; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


It's a good thing that offline maps are back. Now, if only I hadn't to rely on third-party apps to be able to navigate without a connection, as when driving in the middle of nowhere or abroad...

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:19

8. kamen (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


"Area too large" - pathetic! And that is when area is actually available. Which is even more pathetic - it is shown but for some obscure reasons is not available.

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:40

9. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Why do all think that this is a new feature.. This offline feature is from 2013!
http://goo.gl/u0dcbz

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:56

10. Augustine (Posts: 776; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Actually, the option to save maps for offline use was an option in the menu, IIRC, before it became a sort of Easter Egg. I'm glad that it's back as an explicit option.

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