Almost a week after announcing it in the US, last week Google has brought its Google Maps offline service to India. Google’s offline map makes the popular navigation and mapping tool ounces more useful in times when Internet connectivity is slow or non-existent.
You can now download the map of an area to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether you’re looking up for your next destination. Once you have saved that area for offline access, you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route. Google Maps will only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.
“Google hopes to make getting around in India a little easier, with the launch of new offline functions in Google Maps,” the company announced.