Google Maps will get full blown offline search and side-by-side navigation

Google Maps will get full blown offline search and side-by-side navigation
On stage at I/O 2015, Google revealed that it's taking Maps in a whole new direction - not up in the cloud, but down to the ground, meaning that the app is finally getting full-blown offline mapping and turn-by-turn navigation functionality. This will happen later this year, possibly as part of the Android M rollout. The addition of offline functionality has been prompted by users in developing countries who suffer from poor, unreliable Internet and data connections.

Previously, users could download a portion of a map for offline use, but after the new update rolls out, one will be able to search and get auto-complete results even without a connection to the Internet. Essential information about a particular location, such as reviews and opening times, will be accessible, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. This will surely be of help to smartphone owners living in places where data plans are still very expensive, and coverage is problematic.

Google Maps isn't the only app getting itself into offline territory. YouTube Offline, which is exclusive to a number of countries, will make users' favorite videos available for viewing for up to 48 hours, and Google's so-called Network Quality Estimator will shrink website data according to the strength of users' connection. With this optimization in place, pages can load up to four times quicker, load 80% less bytes, and memory use is reduced.

Doubling down on offline functionality makes sense, as Google is looking to position Android in emerging markets - countries like Brazil, Indonezia, and India - where the majority of smartphones sales growth will occur in the near future.


source: Google, Digital Trends

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10 Comments

1. ragna

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2015

good for us

8. waddup121 unregistered

great great

2. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

It is about time Google made maps into a real GPS mapping program! I'll have a backup for HERE Maps if the sale ruins them.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, Microsoft seems to have to reverse Midas touch, everything they get their hands on turns to crap. And Apple has defined a new low for product quality with Apple Maps. Lets hope neither of those companies buys Here Maps.

5. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Whats so bad about Apple Maps? I dont get it.

6. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

it used to be bad so everyone thinks it's bad still. it's no google maps but it works in the U.S but Apple maps will be a huge deal in china where google maps is still banned.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Scott, Apple maps are really really good. I've been using them even at early stages from day 1, I never got wrong directions or weird navigation route. It looks clean and works seamlessly with Siri and notifications. Beautiful seamless satellite imagery and extremely cool flyover 3D. This notion about Apple maps being bad especially today is troll talk and has no truth in it for a long long time.

12. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

That's true . while I was in thailand I used to rely on gogle maps and my friend on his apple maps. Both works fine. Just I like the over all look and that flyover 3d mode. Navigation is much better on apple maps compare to google Maps. Even the here maps was running perfectly well compare to on my android device. I really don't see why people still call apple maps bad. But again they never used it and just like to knock at every apple article.

3. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

now thats offline maps.... sorry here...

10. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

And the market value of Nokia Here took a nose dive.

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