Google Maps is great – a GPS system that’s pretty much always with you. The problem is when you don’t have an internet connection, then it is kind of useless. I would love to use Google Maps overseas, but there’s no way I’m paying my Australian Providers horrendous international roaming fees. And there’s still some spots where I live where there’s no mobile wireless coverage. Well, the latest Google Maps for Android fixes that issue with the addition of offline capability.
If you’ve got some idea where you’ll be going, bring up the relevant location and save that area offline before you set out. The app will tell you approximately how much storage space you’ll need depending on the zoom level you’ve chosen. A high level view of London (as per the video) takes about 27MB. If you haven’t planned ahead enough, just zap into a free WiFi hotspot and download the offline map. Google Maps just got a lot more useful.
It is worth noting that for some countries and areas you do get “Offline maps is not available in selected area”. For example, Singapore and Bangkok aren’t available, and yet Hanoi is available. Mmmm, wonder why?
Available from the Google Play Store for free.