Google Maps is good to be fair and they have been around along time now and they now have introduced offline mapping which means you can save a pocket load on Live maps or when using for navigation,HERE maps however again come up trumps here as this feature has been available from the off and works great too,I would use both and have been testing them side by side for some time now and still find HERE better for navigation purposes and more,but that’s my view to be fair.Both can fail at tasks equally with one been victorious and one not.

For those that use Google Maps will be happy though with this feature which should have been there way before now,using maps on your device will eat data and can land you with a hefty bill if not careful,so for now you can download off-line maps and not fear risk of a hefty bill especially when roaming on or holiday as people do..

Google say on their blog..

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.

You can download an area by searching for a city, county or country, for instance, and tapping “Download” on the resulting place sheet, or by going to “Offline Areas” in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. Once downloaded, Google Maps will move into offline mode automatically when it recognizes you’re in a location 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. By default, we’ll only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection to prevent large data fees.

Welcome to the party Google Maps but you are late..


By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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