Mass transit delays and Wi-Fi Only are coming to the Android version of Google Maps

Mass transit delays and Wi-Fi Only are coming to the Android version of Google Maps
Some changes are rolling out to certain Android users of Google Maps running v9.32. Unfortunately, not everyone is receiving them at the same time. You will know if you are one of the lucky ones if you have the Wi-Fi Only option listed in Settings. Toggle the switch on and the mapping features are no longer connected to a cellular network. The idea is that users can save data by using the app to navigate in certain areas while offline.

If you have Wi-Fi Only enabled, you will see a blue bar across the top of the screen indicating that the feature is "on." And you will see a small reminder that says some data might be used in this setting, although it will be "significantly less" than when Wi-Fi Only is disabled. This feature used to be called Offline areas on the app. Now, it has a new name and the toggle switch.

A new feature coming to the Android powered Google Maps gives users a real-time run down on how bus and trains are running. This way, if you are traveling by bus or train, you can see if there are delays on certain routes. This obviously comes in handy if you are contemplating using mass transit, and have to be at a certain place at a certain time. If there is a delay on the route you were planning to take, you can see if another bus or train is running on time. If all else fails, there is always Uber or a regular cab. The transit notifications are called "disruption alerts" by Google; you can choose to enable it by toggling on the switch that reads "Get real-time disruption alerts."

We don't know yet when the latest Google Maps version will be offered to all Android totin' Google Maps users. We also don't know whether these features are coming to the iOS app, although history suggests that they eventually will.


source: AndroidPolice

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11 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very nice improvements, now if only Google would simplify the process of getting offline maps to match Here maps...at the moment, to get offline maps for the whole of Canada requires at least 83 iterations of selecting an area, trying to ensure it doesn't overlap with previous selections, naming the area, then finally downloading the data. Compare that to Here Maps' process of tapping the download button besides Canada...

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Maybe because Canada is too huge ?! Also, Google's offline files are way heavier then Here's too. So its umderstandable why they don't offer the whole place as most people would run out of storage and Google would receive more complaints then than thanks. Besides, I don't see many people wanting the whole map of Canada available to them offline. However, if you do, you probably are in the minority so I don't see Google implementing them anytime soon.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. even offline maps for my city is around 300MB.. how much GBs it will take for canada's map :-/

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

See post #4. There's no reason why google can't simplify the process similar to Here Maps, this their current setup is merely to discourage keeping your map activity offline, as they wouldn't be able to eavesdrop on your whereabouts that way...

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I don't know what city you're from but just try comparing the size of your 'city' with the whole of Canada. Chances are it might be at least 10 times its size since canada is almost the size of a continent itself.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

BS! Here Maps' latest offline map for Canada is 2.15GB, nothing significant on my 64GB storage. Besides, if that file size were too large for my device, I can easily download an offline map for individual provinces like Alberta (272.3MB) with the tap of button. Downloading the same thing with google maps would be at least 6 iterations of the selecting an area, trying to ensure it doesn't overlap with previous selections, naming the area, then finally downloading the data. If 272.3 MB is "too huge" to you as well, you must be living in the stone-age. "Also, Google's offline files are way heavier then Here's too" What makes them "heavier" besides poor programming? I get all POI, speed limits (which google maps doesn't even have), and detailed turn-by-turn navigation with Here Maps offline, what more does google offer in offline maps? Definitely not transit schedules...

5. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

One suggestion: stay on Here and use Gmaps only when you need traffic.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's what I currently do; use Here Maps most of the time, use Google Maps for transit and where roads are often changing, like in cities undergoing major constructions.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL...ever considered others may not be a storage w***e ?! and not everyone flaunts a 64GB device like you ? Google's POI is way more rich and certainly way more POI then Here Maps at least where I live. I can't say anything about programming since I am not one. PS. Nice to see you at least came down to a province from a country. Nice deflection.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Storage w***e? Is that what you tell yourself you don't wanna be to make yourself happy about foolishly storing all your data in the cloud? "Nice to see you at least came down to a province from a country. Nice deflection." Point remains the same dumbass; google should simplify the process of downloading maps to match Here Maps. It's currently a cumbersome and time-wasting process with zero benefits to consumers over Here Maps. Just 'cause you're too naive to realize that's merely an example of one of many time-saving benefits of how Here Maps works, doesn't mean I'm deflecting.

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL...I never use cloud service. I treat my phone like a phone and I don't feel like filling it up useless games, movies and map of an entire country unnecessarily. I would actually prefer talking to people and enjoying the view rather then gluing my eyes on a screen and avoiding a social interaction. In short, yeah, it might come as shock to your nerd-brain but I don't need excess storage. 'It's currently a cumbersome and time-wasting process with zero benefits to consumers over Here Maps. ' They don't want to make it cumbersome for you they just don't want you to do that. Its just a work around for storage w***e such as yourself, dimwit. Its a bit difficult for your peanut brain to comprehend but what I am saying is you are in minority so don't expect Google to satisfy your lust for storage. 'Point remains the same' - Yeah sure, coz 2GB is the same as 272 mb. I said the entire file size of Canada would be too huge unlike a province.

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