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Google Maps navigation extended to 19 new countries, brings back Offline

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Google Maps navigation extended to 19 new countries, brings back Offline
Yesterday, the rollout began for the major redesign of Google Maps for Android, but the major redesign was apparently just the start, because Google has brought even more changes to Maps, including adding navigation for over 19 new countries and brought back a feature that had been removed from the new update.

The new update for Google removed Latitude, because the service is being retired, but for an unknown reason the update had also removed the option to save maps for offline use. Latitude isn't coming back, but offline maps has made a comeback with a minor update to the Android app. 

Additionally, navigation is being extended to 19 new regions, and is being brought to full support for two more. Until now, Algeria and Bahrain had limited navigation functionality, but that has now been updated for full use. The brand new regions added to navigation support are:
  • Africa: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda
  • Latin America: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Europe: Slovenia
  • Middle East: Oman

According to Android Police, this is the biggest expansion of Google's navigation service to date. Not a bad set of updates.

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:04

1. jeanrivera (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)

Puerto Rico also has been added to beta navigation region finally!!!!!

@phonearena could you guys make guide on how to use navigation, i'm still trying to figure it out, it seems the only way to do it for me is by using google now, I can't find how to start navigation inside the google maps app itself

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 17:12

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

That's easy, type the name of a place a card will show up, tap on it and it will show all the routes, tap on anyone you want and hit start

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:27

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Does Google Navigation use the same offline data? I know in order to work, GNav needs active connection, but does it use the preloaded offline map to save mobile data, or it downloads the info still?

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 17:30

4. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

Nokia maps still better and have a wider coverage region

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 22:49

5. Getulio (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)

This is great news. I am a diehard fan of google maps, now even more because it is being offered in the Dominican Republic.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 02:51

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Where's India??? That's not fair.

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