Google Maps Goes Offline, Complete With Turn-By-Turn Directions

 

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Google Maps, the venerable mapping service from the world's largest search company, will soon work both online and off.

Google Maps offline support will be launching "later this year," Google announced during its keynote address at its I/O developer confab on Thursday. The feature will allow users to download maps to their devices and get the full Google Maps experience, including turn-by-turn voice directions even when they're away from an Internet connection.

The offline push is a major departure for Google Maps, which has over 1 billion users. Since its launch in 2005, users needed to have a Web connection to use its features, which include mapping and directions, among others. Adding offline support makes the service far more useful in areas around the world where Web connections are unavailable or slow.

The announcement was made during the keynote presentation for Google's annual conference for software developers, I/O. The event is one of the biggest for Google, as the company shares the latest developments in its world-leading Android mobile operating system. Google also uses the stage to talk up its wearable platform Android Wear, its in-car infotainment service Android Auto, and other services.

Google I/O is being held in San Francisco on Thursday and Friday.

Adding offline support to Maps gives Google the opportunity to keep pace with some of its competitors, including Nokia Here. That platform, which is wildly popular in the car business and is running on mobile platforms, including Android, offers offline support for mapping in over 100 countries.

When users download a Google map to their device, they'll find that searching in Google Maps still provides suggestions. In addition, users will see a location's reviews, if it has them. Basic information, like hours and hours, are also supported in the app.

Google didn't say how many countries will be supported in its offline Google Maps, but the company made it a point to say that it wants users to be able to "explore the world literally wherever they are." Google said that the feature will be available "later this year."

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I can't wait

This will mean that as long as I own a 7 inch tablet I won't ever have to buy a new Garmin.

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This is great!

I've been waiting for this to happen for so long. Good job, Google!

Data

The Google Map is the #1 data user on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I only used it a couple of times.

Can't wait to see how it works!!

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Don't need to wait

Double Tap wrote:

I can't wait. This will mean that as long as I own a 7 inch tablet I won't ever have to buy a new Garmin.

While I'm certainly going to check out the off-line Google offering when and if it is ever available, I didn't wait for this and you don't need to either. While I checked out "HERE" and was very disappointed (lag was so bad that it showed I was still approaching intersections long after I passed them, and did this on multiple devices with "no other" applications running), I'm pretty happy with MapFactor, which uses free Open Street Maps. (and doesn't suffer from the above problem on the same devices even with other apps actively running). Of course, you are likely to find things in any app that you like and things that you don't. But you don't need to wait to see the Google off-line offering to start using that 7 inch tablet.

There is also a well publicized "hack" that lets you store some Google Maps data for off-line use, but it is limited, would work in your city (or just about any city) but maybe not for cross country trips. Just search for "google maps hack" or “Okay Maps”.

For MapFactor see: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor....

hacked

Frovingslosh wrote:
Double Tap wrote:

I can't wait. This will mean that as long as I own a 7 inch tablet I won't ever have to buy a new Garmin.

While I'm certainly going to check out the off-line Google offering when and if it is ever available, I didn't wait for this and you don't need to either. While I checked out "HERE" and was very disappointed (lag was so bad that it showed I was still approaching intersections long after I passed them, and did this on multiple devices with "no other" applications running), I'm pretty happy with MapFactor, which uses free Open Street Maps. (and doesn't suffer from the above problem on the same devices even with other apps actively running). Of course, you are likely to find things in any app that you like and things that you don't. But you don't need to wait to see the Google off-line offering to start using that 7 inch tablet.

There is also a well publicized "hack" that lets you store some Google Maps data for off-line use, but it is limited, would work in your city (or just about any city) but maybe not for cross country trips. Just search for "google maps hack" or “Okay Maps”.

For MapFactor see: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor....

The key word you used was hacked, perhaps the reason for the lag
Just saying!

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try to keep up

BobDee wrote:

The key word you used was hacked, perhaps the reason for the lag Just saying!

I used the word hack, not hacked, and I used it in a completely different reference. Google already had a way to cache and retain some data for Google maps and use it off line. But it is clunky and considered a "hack" by many (even Google). Just mentioned it because some wanting to use Google Maps off-line might want to play with it.

As for "Here", I documented my experiences with it pretty clearly in another thread. At the time I tested it, it failed miserably on several different devices including a Lenovo tablet and a very high end Tegra 7 tablet, as well as Android phones. Nothing was "hacked". As I'm happy with MapFactor and I found Here to be complete crap, I have not continued waste time on it, so I don't know if they have fixed the lag issue or not. However, I don't care to hear about that from you, as the comprehension exhibited in your post to me leaves me to doubt that you really understand the problem.

today it's a hack, yesterday it was hacked. both equal a kluge

Frovingslosh wrote:
BobDee wrote:

The key word you used was hacked, perhaps the reason for the lag Just saying!

I used the word hack, not hacked, and I used it in a completely different reference. Google already had a way to cache and retain some data for Google maps and use it off line. But it is clunky and considered a "hack" by many (even Google). Just mentioned it because some wanting to use Google Maps off-line might want to play with it.

As for "Here", I documented my experiences with it pretty clearly in another thread. At the time I tested it, it failed miserably on several different devices including a Lenovo tablet and a very high end Tegra 7 tablet, as well as Android phones. Nothing was "hacked". As I'm happy with MapFactor and I found Here to be complete crap, I have not continued waste time on it, so I don't know if they have fixed the lag issue or not. However, I don't care to hear about that from you, as the comprehension exhibited in your post to me leaves me to doubt that you really understand the problem.

Justify it however you like, a work around is a hack. I'll wait for the official release to make a judgment on how good it works or lags.
Since we are not supposed to talk about hacks in community, I have nothing more to say about it.

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Ahhhh...

Double Tap wrote:

This will mean that as long as I own a 7 inch tablet I won't ever have to buy a new Garmin.

But how are you going to attach it to the top of your dash? I hear 18" gutter spikes work pretty good... even though they detract from the installation.

Nuvi1300WTGPS

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try this

Nuvi1300WTGPS wrote:
Double Tap wrote:

This will mean that as long as I own a 7 inch tablet I won't ever have to buy a new Garmin.

But how are you going to attach it to the top of your dash? I hear 18" gutter spikes work pretty good... even though they detract from the installation.

Nuvi1300WTGPS

http://www.amazon.com/Arkon-Windshield-Dashboard-Samsung-Mid...

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wait and see

I don't know whether Google Maps offline will do what they say. Once it comes out we can have another discussion.

More than two years ago Google first offered offline maps. I downloaded several map tiles on a wifi tablet for a trip to Italy and stored a number of favorite locations. Navigation was not offered offline, but you got a detailed map and the tablet GPS showed your location on the map. This was tried in the U.S. with the Italy map tiles and the wifi turned off, and it worked as advertised.

In Italy, with a wifi connection on, the detailed map could be seen but the favorites had disappeared. When walking away from the wifi the detailed map also disappeared, leaving what I assume was the base map. Land and water could be seen with different background colors and the streets were unnamed single lines. Completely useless!

It remains to be seen if Google can deliver on its promise.

dobs108 rolleyes

Offline

As Google Maps has had the ability to download maps for offline use for quite some time, I am assuming the feature they are adding is navigation. In fact, just this week I was prompted to update my offline maps as they had not been downloaded in a while. I like this feature as I rarely if ever use cellular data. Opting for WiFi instead. It does make it impossible to use Waze to notify others of traffic conditions.

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HOLY WOW!

It sounds so great...but nothing ever is....

Google maps are usually more

Google maps are usually more up to date than Garmin. Could it be the end to the GPS?

Maybe?

For us it will depend on what the requirements are for the smartphone app. We have relatively modest Moto G (1st Gen) phones with just 8GB of memory (and not all of that is available for apps) with no expansion card either. So if the offline app eats a lot of memory we might be out of luck sad

lets hope not

malcolmmartin9999 wrote:

Google maps are usually more up to date than Garmin. Could it be the end to the GPS?

If that was the case I pity the people here that have nothing else better to do than wait and wait for the quarterly map release and be among the first to download, they may have to start playing Parcheesi instead of creating or posting on endless posts.

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Parcheesi

flaco wrote:

...they may have to start playing Parcheesi instead of creating or posting on endless posts.

I heard Parcheesi will be available on Google Maps like PacMan as long as the street grid is suitable. No word on whether it can be played offline...

dobs108 razz

Google has great map info

Google has great map info and live traffic info, but the navigation interface is a disaster.
I really need a feature of current speed/speed limit

Some of our members here use

Some of our members here use the current speed function as a speedometer, so I can see the benefit of having the current speed. The speed limit is not always accurately displayed on a dedicated GPSr like Garmin. Google probably won't do any better.

You'll want to look in the Play Store for other GPS apps that will fulfill your needs, because Google navigation is intended to be rather basic. Current speed and the speed limit apparently don't fit Google's intent.

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cant wait to see this

cant wait to see this

Might be good for me

Because my phone overheats when using it for car navigation.

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Google have better Speed Limit info than Garmin

Strephon_Alkhalikoi wrote:

Some of our members here use the current speed function as a speedometer, so I can see the benefit of having the current speed. The speed limit is not always accurately displayed on a dedicated GPSr like Garmin. Google probably won't do any better.

You'll want to look in the Play Store for other GPS apps that will fulfill your needs, because Google navigation is intended to be rather basic. Current speed and the speed limit apparently don't fit Google's intent.

Google definitely have more accurate speed limit info than anybody else. They get speed limit info from street view photos. Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsbLEtS0uls

They other thing would be very helpful, but never seen on any GPS device/app is calculating(or at least estimating) the toll costs when planning routes. I don't always take tolls, and I would like to see how much time would be saved and what's the cost before making the choice.

But...But....but...

jasonyu924 wrote:

They other thing would be very helpful, but never seen on any GPS device/app is calculating(or at least estimating) the toll costs when planning routes.

Then you need to be cogzinant of variable tolls... Some tunnels / bridges / roads based on time of day, day of week, Holliday or snot and yes, there are some that actually fluctuate based on amount of traffic...

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live traffic vs toll amount, which one is harder?

BarneyBadass wrote:
jasonyu924 wrote:

They other thing would be very helpful, but never seen on any GPS device/app is calculating(or at least estimating) the toll costs when planning routes.

Then you need to be cogzinant of variable tolls... Some tunnels / bridges / roads based on time of day, day of week, Holliday or snot and yes, there are some that actually fluctuate based on amount of traffic...

well, an estimated $ is good enough. Or I could take a min and max range if that's too hard to estimate. Retrieving toll amount info cannot be harder than live traffic, correct?

sorry being too nerdy smile

Yes!

That's awesome! FINALLY! I've always loved Google Maps, but hated that it used data. (Well, after they did away with true unlimited data plans...)

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Pumped to see this.

Pumped to see this. Used this a while for test purposes.

Can't wait to see if it

Can't wait to see if it would be better than a GPS. What will happen to Garmin if it works well. Do we see a tomb stone in its future.

Borrowed time.

I think the handwriting has been on the wall for a long time. Standalone GPS units are on borrowed time. As the mobile internet becomes more and more ubiquitous, and gets more functionality in more places the need for a standalone GPS is diminishing.

Now if Google can get the maps functionality to work when a decent internet connection is unavailable, that'll be the nail in the coffin of standalone GPS units.

It's no wonder Garmin is into fitness trackers. I just bought one to replace my flawed fitbit. A Garmin Vivofit. I haven't tried it yet, but I am sure that's where Garmin sees their future.

Will Try

I'll definitely give it a spin.

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Wow!

I've been a solid Garmin fan for decades ....

But, wow, if Google pulls this off ... and is "free" or fairly cheap, well, I might have to rethink my thinking.

I love Google almost as much as I love Garmin.

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Garmin has lucrative market in Airplane and Boat electronics

Steevo wrote:

I think the handwriting has been on the wall for a long time. Standalone GPS units are on borrowed time. As the mobile internet becomes more and more ubiquitous, and gets more functionality in more places the need for a standalone GPS is diminishing.

It's no wonder Garmin is into fitness trackers. I just bought one to replace my flawed fitbit. A Garmin Vivofit. I haven't tried it yet, but I am sure that's where Garmin sees their future.

Garmin also has a large lucrative high dollar market in the Airplane and Boat electronics and navigation equipment that they have been manufacturing for quite a while and are very popular in those markets.

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How many speculative pages for this

It's now 4 months later since the first poting and nothing yet !

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whats the catch on this one??

whats the catch on this one??

Google

Just looked up Google offline maps and as of right now, this is what I found:

Tip: The biggest size for an offline map is 50km x 50km. If you try to save an area bigger than that, you'll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.

As far as I can see absolutely useless except for a small area of 30 miles by 30 miles. Will NOT replace a GPS !

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I looked too

Melaqueman wrote:

Just looked up Google offline maps and as of right now, this is what I found:

Tip: The biggest size for an offline map is 50km x 50km. If you try to save an area bigger than that, you'll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.

As far as I can see absolutely useless except for a small area of 30 miles by 30 miles. Will NOT replace a GPS !

I can find nothing. The maps still have to be downloaded in small areas. Google has done nothing yet.
Also. Saved places can only be seen if on line.

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.

Melaqueman wrote:

Just looked up Google offline maps and as of right now, this is what I found:

Tip: The biggest size for an offline map is 50km x 50km. If you try to save an area bigger than that, you'll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.

As far as I can see absolutely useless except for a small area of 30 miles by 30 miles. Will NOT replace a GPS !

That "offline" feature has been available for several years. This thread is talking about a full blown offline feature which I think is not yet available as of now.

Interesting information

Execution is the hard part.

I agree, the small area map download was already available

chewbacca wrote:
Melaqueman wrote:

Just looked up Google offline maps and as of right now, this is what I found:

Tip: The biggest size for an offline map is 50km x 50km. If you try to save an area bigger than that, you'll be asked to zoom in to a smaller area.

As far as I can see absolutely useless except for a small area of 30 miles by 30 miles. Will NOT replace a GPS !

That "offline" feature has been available for several years. This thread is talking about a full blown offline feature which I think is not yet available as of now.

Yes, the small area map download was already available for quite some time.

I think the map download that will be available will be for large areas of the continent similar to what already is available with the HERE app map downloads.

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Any progress?

No progress on this at all, I presume.

Using Here

I always use Here. It seems to work as well as google and the download by state is simple and effective.

when?

when is this feature coming? so does this means we can download entire world maps through google?

When Google....

dell2015 wrote:

when is this feature coming?

When Google made this announcement they said it should be available later this year. So I hope soon because the year is almost over.

File size

Consider how large Garmin maps are when you download them. Well over 3-GB for North America. Storage space is still precious on mobile devices, and somehow Apple still sells a 16 GB version and charges a bunch of money to upgrade to 32 or 64 GB.

Any map that will be useful for areas out of mobile internet range will need to be stored on the device. My current device would require me to delete a lot of apps and media to fit map data, so I won't be giving up the GPS yet. I think eventually phones will be hardened to be shock and weather resistant enough, and have enough memory to support map data.

Not a problem, IMO

GPS_Rider wrote:

Consider how large Garmin maps are when you download them. Well over 3-GB for North America. Storage space is still precious on mobile devices, and somehow Apple still sells a 16 GB version and charges a bunch of money to upgrade to 32 or 64 GB.

Any map that will be useful for areas out of mobile internet range will need to be stored on the device. My current device would require me to delete a lot of apps and media to fit map data, so I won't be giving up the GPS yet. I think eventually phones will be hardened to be shock and weather resistant enough, and have enough memory to support map data.

Apple certainly holds a gun to your head to get a phone with significant memory, but that is not universal.

My Android phone - which is several years old - has a 16GB microUSB card installed, and I could have easily put in a significantly larger card for relatively little money. The only reason I did not is that I saw no need to do so.

I have the GPS apps from both TomTom and Co-Pilot installed on the phone, each with its own map of the entire US, along with a number of other types of apps, and I still have adequate free memory. If I find myself running out of memory I can just double or quadruple the memory with the installation of an inexpensive larger microUSB card

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Apple is beginning to piss

Apple is beginning to piss me off nearly as much as they did when PC computers were open source and Apple kept costing more money for what should be cheap stuff.

Absolutely, the memory of iPhones, as well as cost is getting to be a huge turn-off.

I feel like if I used my

I feel like if I used my phone or tablet for this, it would take an immense amount of data storage. Perhaps if google maps trimmed the fat and only included the essentials?

offline Google Maps

That's great. However, I will wait and see. I am still not happy that Google Maps took away its find "nearby" feature. Google keeps on changing features that its users want. I have use MapQuest for this feature.

great news

This is good news

I discovered this years ago

I discovered this years ago and asked google about it. Apparently its an arbitrary decision by them. My plan was to use any old android phone for travel. All I needed was an offline map and a GPS, don't need the data connection.

It would create a use for all those old android phones which aren't secure in the least bit.

Option to download just the

Option to download just the state vs whole country would work for me. Along with POIs, have schedule to update the map(s) to contain latest POIs.

guess we all have to wait and see

However this will be a massive hit to the standalone GPSr manufacturers. Almost everyone carries a phone in their pocket.

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