Google has a new version of its Maps application is released, which allows users to download maps. This needs to have full offline navigation. Previously it was only possible to share the cache.
Remarkable is the announcement of Google has no mention of offline navigation. With the new feature, which is in the experimental Labs section of the app, you can choose a map area within 16 kilometers of the selected address to download. After the download, the folder will be displayed which part of the map is saved locally.
It does not seem possible to complete in one pass large pieces of card, for example, of a whole country, to download. Previously, only map regions cached: did the application automatically, among other things, on the basis of frequented locations. There was also a set route in advance and cached, so that in the absence of the internet connection, the navigation still continues.
In addition, the new version of Maps, a service that public-transport users tells which bus or tram they need steps. The Android app shows a notification when they are there at the next stop. The new Transit Navigation functionality is available in 400 cities worldwide. Interestingly enough, there are no Dutch cities, but it is in Brussels in Belgium, however, possible to make use of the new service.
Also want to Google the operation of the navigation software easier to create: there are some changes to the interface made. Also, the search suggestions are addressed: these are now divided into different categories, so that the results are easier to identify. In addition, results of the service Places are better processed in the search results. Furthermore, the Places feature a new photo.
There were earlier rumors that Google was planning to users maps to download. In addition, added the internetgigant even though real-time information about public transport to the service.