“Download map area” in Google Maps for Android

map downloadYou can now download a map area in Google Maps to your Android phone.  This is great if you are in an area with spotty or non-existent coverage.

When you’re visiting an unfamiliar location, Google Maps for mobile is great for getting an idea of how close you are to your destination, where streets and landmarks are in relation to each other, or just for getting “un-lost.” But what if you don’t have a data signal, or you’re abroad and don’t have a data plan? We say that if you use Google Maps for mobile, you’ll never need to carry a paper map again. The “Download map area” lab in Google Maps 5.7 for Android is a step in making that statement true even when you’re offline.

Google’s blog also reminds of other lab features–the measure tool and the scale bar.

Official Google Blog: “Download map area” added to Labs in Google Maps for Android.

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