Apology accepted: it took Google just a day to return easy offline caching back in the new Maps app

It took Google just a day to realize it's been wrong to bury the offline caching option in the new Maps app so far out of the way that it would take a true geek to actually use it, as it required typing or speaking "OK Maps" in the search bar, for instance.

After the public outcry on blogs and forums, the company urged its Android team to fix the issue quickly, and offline maps is now even more prominently placed than it was before the update, though the "OK Maps" switch is still here as well. Google issued the following memo to announce the change before the new Maps app has even rolled out to everybody:

"We’ve been happy to hear so many of you enjoying the interface and features of the new Google Maps app for Android, but we know some of you are missing an easy way to access maps offline. That’s why our engineering team has been working around the clock to add a "Make this map area available offline" card below the search box for easier access. And, if you still want some #thumbercise, typing “ok maps” will work too! 

With this update, we’ve also added a "Where's Latitude?" link at the bottom of the side menu which provides more information about the future of location sharing.

The update will begin rolling out globally starting today. In the meantime, keep shakin’ to send us feedback!
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source: Google

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10 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Great advertisement, millions talking about Maps without Google spending a dime, and the public drama is over in 24 hours.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

With that said not having the update on Gingerbread yet... do your old personal maps still work offline or u have to download the regions again?

2. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

now we'll see how much it takes them to realize that adding a menu item to access the history in Chrome would be a better option than having to write "chrome://history" in the location bar...

7. saadgadit

Posts: 8; Member since: May 23, 2012

goto history>show full history.. or just ctrl+Y Isnt that simple??

9. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

A lot of problems come from not really understanding a product rather than the product not being goog enough.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

On chrome Beta, on my Nexus 7, tap the symbol to the right of the address bar and select history.

4. ajonly

Posts: 16; Member since: May 25, 2013

Release it for WP8. all the google maps clients in Wp8 store doesn't have offline option. Some google restrictions. (Atleast for me GMaps is giving more details than Here maps)

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yayayayay... Very good Google.

6. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

please google, make this feature available on ios too !!!!

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

After more than 5 years since the first release of Gmaps............................ -_-"" Want to sell their online services.........

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