[/blockquote]Its been 6 months since Offline navigation and search and was announced at I/O this May, today, that feature is finally reaching users. Your next Google Maps update will have the new offline mode that will allow for driving directions and search without the use of the internet. The new features will begin rolling out to Android users later today, and Google says the iOS rollout will also be out soon.
In 2012 the option to save certain areas has existed in Google Maps but this time round, they’ve been indexed for search and navigation. That means that if you save the city you live in, you’ll be able to search for a place to have dinner and get a response without a cellular connection. In the same way, directions will work from average traffic time rather than loading in real-time traffic data, although the route will update as soon as the connection is restored.
Don’t expect to have features like transit or walking directions working offline, largely due to space considerations, but Google says those features will be added in the months to come.