Google, the biggest internet-related service and tool provider, has recently rolled out the availability of Google Mobile Map search and turn-by-turn navigation offline. This development has long been expected ever since Google’s announcement earlier this May during its developer conference.
Users, however, would have to download the Maps area before using it offline. Useful information such as location of specific destinations and their hours of operation, contact information, ratings, and turn-by-turn driving directions would be available for offline use once you have downloaded a certain geographical area.
Amanda Bishop, the product manager of Google Maps, posted on Google Map’s blog that users can “download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping ‘Download’ on the resulting place sheet, or by going to ‘Offline Areas’ in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the ‘+’ button.”
Other companies such as Nokia and Facebook have already started implementing capabilities similar to the offline Google Maps. But many eyes, however, are on Google, since many are speculating that this offline Maps is just the first step in making Google Offline come to life.