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Google Finally Adds Offline Navigation To Maps

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Google Maps is without a doubt the most popular map application in the world but there has always been one feature missing from their mobile app, offline navigation.  Well that feature is now here as Google has added it in their latest update.

Now it was possible to save portions of a map previously but you could only view the map, not use it for turn by turn navigation.  With the new update, however, if you lose connection or don’t have connection you can still utilize their wonderful turn by turn feature assuming you have that map content downloaded.  The offline version will also allow you to search for specific destinations and get information such as hours of operation!

Some features, such as live traffic, will not work when you’re offline but once your phone re-establishes a network connection it will automatically bring those features back online.

Now if you haven’t received the update yet, don’t fret.  Google is gradually rolling it out so it might be a few days before you see the update hit your phone.