Google has finally released the offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation feature in Google Maps for Android, which falls in line with its earlier announcement at the Google I/O conference this year. With the release of new Maps update, users can now save critical location data for offline usage, especially for areas affected with poor signal reception or data coverage.

Whenever poor data service is detected, Maps will automatically switch to offline mode wherein turn-by-turn directions, searches, store hours, and so on will continue to be available, reports Android Police. In other words, users will be able to continue their search for desired city or country-based location in offline mode and then tap the download button on the address card to reveal the complete location details on the map, along with the nearest landmark.

The app update has already started rolling out to Android users via APK v9.17.0, while iOS users will have to wait a little longer. Interested Android users can download the new APK v9.17.0 update for Google Maps via the APK Mirror.

It is reported that the APK update is basically a server-side switch with some users reporting that the app update instantly gave them the feature, while others say it didn't change anything yet.