Google Maps for Android Gets 'Download Map Area' Feature

Google Maps for Android Gets 'Download Map Area' Feature

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Google has announced the release of new 'Download Map Area' feature for Maps application on Android.

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Before you take your trip, while you still have access to WiFi or data coverage, you can open up any Places page in the world, click "More" to get the Place page menu, and download Google’s maps for a 10-mile radius.

The download can take as little as a minute or two. This download stores only the base map tiles and the landmarks on the map, so you still need a data connection to see satellite view and 3D buildings, search for Places and get directions. But we hope the level of detail available will help you find your way!

All your downloaded map areas can be managed in your Google Maps cache settings so you can delete maps you no longer need or if you want to free up storage. After 30 days, all downloaded map areas will be removed from your cache; they can be re-downloaded any time.
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We're hopeful that this feature will eventually be added to iOS maps as well. Perhaps it might come alongside the new 'Routes' feature found in iOS 5.

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Google Maps for Android Gets 'Download Map Area' Feature

nwdrift - July 7, 2011 at 6:57pm
Apple and/or Google, I hope you're reading this. First of all, great idea, but here is what i think needs to be done for the iphone: 1. options to do a bigger radius than 10 miles, at least up to 200 miles 2. Base maps 3. Searchable POI's 3. Directions with turn-by-turn voice. i'm not sure how big this data would be, but since theres no satellite/3D, i don't think it would be much. I mean, if Garmin, Magellan, etc. can pack the whole continent including POI's into their GPS devices, you should be able to pack in a smaller area of the continent into a fraction of a 32gb iphone. Until then, i will be using the navigon app on my wi-fi ipad, or on my iphone when i am out of the service area. i would prefer to stick to google maps, so hurry up!
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