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No Excuse For You! Google Maps Navigation Soon Available Offline

Steven Blum

Ever told a friend you were late because Google Maps wasn't working on your phone?

Consider that excuse void. Well, not yet. But soon! Because Google Maps Navigation -- our hero! -- will soon be available offline, according to a bunch of trustworthy Android sources.

On a recent bike trip around a new city Google Maps was a godsend, but the navigation feature had to sync to 3G every step of the way, sometimes leading to annoying lag times. Other times the feature flat-out didn't work.

Right now, with caching inside of Maps, you can slip outside of a coverage area and still get navigation directions for quite some time, but you’re SOL if you leave the area that’s cached and still can’t seem to grab a connection.

Best of all: the app is still free. I can't imagine a navigation competitor making a dent in the market now..

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  • Yan Matusevich Jun 9, 2011 Link

    I remember downloading stuff like Mapdroyd and NavDroyd and other apps, but they all used open-source maps that were completely off and awful to use.

  • Ben Dreyfuss Jun 9, 2011 Link

    I assume Nokia and some navigation manufacturers won't like this idea

  • Steven Blum Jun 9, 2011 Link

    It really is magical. So many people like me use the Google Maps feature on-the-go. It really is one of the most useful on-the-go apps anywhere.

  • Yan Matusevich Jun 9, 2011 Link

    DUDE! This is something I've been waiting for, for what seems like ages! I've been so frustrated with not being able to use navigation without data.

    all I can say is: FINALLY!