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With the new offline maps features in Google Maps, you can search for places, get directions, navigate, and look up place info, while offline:

I've been using these features in private for a while, waiting eagerly for it to become public! Now I can use this when other people are around, and tell them about it :)

One thing that could trip you up: When you're offline and using an offline map area, you can only get directions to places within that offline area. If you're in the city and going out to the mountains for the day, an easy mistake to make is to just download an offline map for the mountain area where you think there will be no cell coverage. You want to include the city in the offline area you download, if you will want to get directions *from* the mountains back to somewhere in the city later.

Date: 2015-Nov-11, Wednesday 00:42 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] timmc
Very cool!

I hope it doesn't store directions queries and phone them home when the connection re-establishes. :-P

Date: 2015-Nov-11, Wednesday 18:29 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll stick to Here (formerly Nokia) maps, when I am caring about data accessibility, for as long as it's available to me.

Let me download however many maps I want in advance, damn it.

Date: 2015-Nov-11, Wednesday 20:36 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Every single mobile mapping system that doesn't allow that - which I may have misread that article as saying gmaps still won't.

It's unclear what scale of map gets downloaded at what scale of search, though. If I search on "Massachusetts" (on my non-existent Android device, or my iphone in the future) do I get the full detail map with every street/path/business/whatever, or will it be only what I get when zoomed to whatever scale - that's certainly how it used to work.

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