One of the biggest pitfalls of the current crop of GPS, mapping, and navigation apps is that they require you to have a constant connection to function. This is obviously a problem when you’re on the highway and you lose service. Google understands this problem and has created a solution. Now users of Google Maps will be able to download entire map areas so that they can use the system’s full functionality, whether they have a connection or not. Previously, offline use was limited to seeing a map area but not interacting with it. With the new system, if you download a map area then you’ll be able to access full turn-by-turn navigation, search destinations, and interact with the map as if you had a full connection. The service is rolling out to Android users first and will become available to everyone shortly.
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