Google Maps/Labs update brings download and transit features

Goole has implemented offline navigation for Android devices with their latest update to the “Labs” heading under the settings panel of Google Maps on Android 2.1 devices. The feature allows you to tap on a place and download a 10-mile radius map, navigable in real time without the need for a data connection.

The experimental feature is different from the offline mode update launched in June, which simply cached maps of frequented areas. Now, when connected, you can select an area anywhere–like your grandmother’s data black hole in Iowa–and have the streets in your pocket when you get there. Without data connectivity, 3D buildings and satellite views will be disabled, and maps expire after 30 days.

Also added in the latest version of Google Maps, is stop-by-stop transit guidance, so you don’t have to worry about missing your stop:

To experience the latest Google Maps has to offer, you must be running Android 2.1 or higher and version 5.7 of the app.

Via Google Lat Long Blog

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