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Google Maps Update Brings Offline Navigation to the Mix

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jul 7, 2011

If you're one of those folks who live in an area with a spotty internet connection, or if you've got a very basic data plan and hate seeing Google Maps gobble up your plan, the new Maps update is truly a godsend.  Now you can download map data directly to your phone for easy access anytime.

Simply download the update, click on the "Settings" button and choose "More." Click on "Labs" and check the option "Download Map Area." Now, go back to the map of your area and simply hold down on a place within that map (like, say, your house). A little icon will pop up telling you the address. Click on the arrow button next to the address and you'll be taken to a menu. Simply click "download map area" and the app will download all map data within a 10 mile-radius. Cool, huh?

With Maps available anywhere, under any data circumstances, you'll have to come up with a better excuse as to why you're late.

Source: Android Central

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • I know! As I was writing it I realized, "hey this is actually pretty complicated." Glad it worked for you. I'm so happy about this development.

  • red Jul 7, 2011 Link to comment

    Thank goodness you wrote how to set up and perform this action. IMO, this program is not very intuitive, especially on the road. Thanx!

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