Google Maps will soon have offline mapping data. This is terrific news and might give Apple a kick up the fundament – there’s nothing worse than trying to get urgent directions while out and about and your cellular signal either being weak or non-existent.
Google has announced that the latest version of Google Maps for Android has an improved offline mode, providing access to turn-by-turn directions and several other features in areas without a reliable cellular data or internet connection. It also confirmed these features will be coming soon to iOS, but did not provide a specific release timeframe.
Google Maps was previously limited to viewing maps while offline, but this update will enable iPhone users to navigate with turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations and look up information about places, including hours of operation, contact information and ratings, while offline.