Google has just released the offline navigation and search feature for its Maps app in India. This should come as welcome relief to frequent travellers across the sub-continent, as there is no longer a need to connect your smartphone to the internet while surfing Google Maps on the move.
Although offline downloading for Google Maps has existed for some time now, it has not been so far fledged as covering dedicated maps for cities, counties and countries, until now. Thanks to Google, you can now trace your travel route even in remote localities where there is no network or data signal.
Offline access has been the main user selling point (USP) that has made several third party mapping apps so popular. In addition, users can save on their data bandwidth bills by just downloading the map once and using it forever.
Here is what Google has to say on its official blog, regarding its new offline features for Maps app in India:
Before you head off, download maps of Delhi in Google Maps by searching for "Delhi", and then tapping "Download". You can also go to "Offline Areas" in the Google Maps menu and tap the "+" button. Once you've downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work even when you're somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route. Google Maps will only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.