Is Google Maps Navigation getting offline mode this summer?

Is Google Maps Navigation getting offline mode this summer?
Google Maps has offered free navigation for quite a while, but in order for it to work you have to pull data from the Internet. Google made the first step earlier by allowing caching so you can look at your route before going and relying on the cached maps for navigation, but any change to that initial route would mean that you have to pull additional data from the web.

That's why going fully offline is of paramount importance and the final border for Google to truly compete with standalone solutions like TomTom and Garmin. Coming straight from the rumor mill, the news is far from official, but Dutch website All About Phones claims that the update is coming this summer.

Currently, the only company to offer free offline navigation on its phones is Nokia with Ovi Maps on Symbian, but the adoption of Windows Phone over at Espoo will translate into Microsoft's platform getting that service as well. There's still no word on pricing, but judging from the current price of $0 for using Maps, we could hope Google keeps navigation free. How much do you rely on your phone for navigation? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

source: All About Phones via Engadget

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9 Comments

1. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Finlay some good news. I'm just waiting for full support in BiH.

2. citizenx888 unregistered

I use Nokia's Ovi Map on my C7 a lot and in offline mode. It's simply incredible. Works wonderfully in offline mode just like my old Garmin, which I have shelved as Ovi Map is better. Only thing the Garmin is better is the 4-in screen versus the 3.5 on the C7. And I get to update the map data quite frequently through Ovi Suite (or OTA), more so than Garmin. Actually, this is the reason I got the Nokia C7 over an Android or iPhone.

4. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

navigation is one of the main uses of my phone right now. my job has me going to random places and i save a lot of paper an ink not having to go to mapquest.. or time by waiting to update my tomtom which still doesnt have the first 3 roads i live on. and sometimes not the road or area i am going to. WIth navigation by google its always up to date and always close to correct. I rather have 1 super device than 15 that do their own things.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe a temporary download of the map database for the immediate tip?

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Correction.... Temporary download is caching. It will be interesting to see how Google handles this issue.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i would assume that you preplan the trip from A to B, tell it to save it.. and it saves the area (and hopefully possible reroutes if nessisary). My question is how accurate is that going to be? Im guessing that its going to triangulate off of the cell towers. or does it use straight up sattelites at that point?

7. Synack unregistered

Offline navigation would be important to WiFi only enabled devices such as tablets etc. I use my Samsung Galaxy Tab as a GPS in my car but its very annoying to tether it to my phone and pull map data from the interwebs.

10. BAMBAM unregistered

That would be sweet there are a lot of areas were cell service sucks and the NAV will not work correctly. This would resolve that.

11. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I used to be all about my google navigation, loved it loved that it's free, etc. But I did work that required navigation and Garmin is much more accurate. I still use my phone to assist my Garmin though, Garmin is not as good at pulling up local businesses etc. So if I'm going somewhere like to get food I'll get the address on my phone then type it into my GPS. Now if the GPS on the phone gets as accurate as my GPS, then I'll make the switch back.

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