Great News for Travel Bugs! Google Maps Goes OFFLINE
Hey all of you Nomad folk! Especially international ones!
This week Google announced you can now "navigate and search the real world...online or off."
This means for every time you have been in a foreign city without wifi and/or without Data, you probably had to go to a cafe, connect there, screen shot directions, then hit the road again.... at least that's what I've had to do a bajillion times while living abroad in Barcelona.
Or you might have even tried to download the map before heading out the door - but now those turn-by-turn directions are available OFF the interweb.
According to Google, here's what's new in their UPGRADED version:
"Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings." - Source, Google Blog
Once you download an area on your Google Maps, Google will detect whether you have a weak connection (or none at all) and automatically go into "offline mode." When a connection is found it will reconnect and to online to give you the full service (like live traffic conditions which is arguably one of the coolest, most useful tools about Google Maps - so we will still dream for when that feature can, too move offline.)
"By default, we’ll only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection to prevent large data fees."
HEADS UP: The rollout can take up to a couple of weeks and is only available to Androids but is coming to iOS systems soon. Brag on Android users. Brag on.
Ps. Aussie mates - comment below with your favorite Melbourne cafes!