Android’s Google Maps is Going Offline
Google Maps is one of the most useful apps on the Android platform. To be able to just whip your smartphone out anywhere, and see what’s around you, find a location, or get directions is nothing short of amazing…that is as long as you have a data connection. If you don’t have a data connection then, let’s say the experience is…not so amazing…as in non-existent. To eliminate that problem, Google has announced Google Maps will now have an offline option exclusively for Android. A user will be able to select an area of the map, and make it available offline. The map will then be downloaded directly to the device. Once the map is on the device, everything else will work as normal. In other words, once you download the map, you will have both gps and compass functionality. Unfortunately, Google did not give a date for when the offline update will be provided, but they did state it will be “coming soon”.
Source: Business Insider