Google Maps update with new offline maps option pushed out after public backlash

July 11, 2013
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Offline Maps Update
Less than a couple of days after the most recent Google Maps update for Android comes yet another software revision, this time to re-add an old feature that was found to be “cleverly hidden” and only accessible via a mildly interesting easter egg. Users were outraged when it was discovered that the latest version of Google Maps for Android apparently lacked an option to save maps for offline use. And that is exactly what Google aims to take care off with its most recent software push.

In an earlier report, we showed you that performing a search with the words “OK Maps” inside the new Google Maps activated a hidden feature. Now, that will no longer be necessary because the Google Maps engineering team “has been working around the clock” to add a “Make this map area available offline” card for users, making the option to save maps for offline use much easier to access.

It’s nothing like the old offline maps feature, to be sure, but it’s better than nothing. And it shows that Google still listens to its customers — that is, the users — and knows how to implement necessary changes to even its flagship products in a timely manner.

It’s worth pointing out that many Android users won’t even be affected by the latest changes to Google Maps. It still isn’t available in certain regions and many devices aren’t even compatible with it to begin with. In any case, those who do have the option to use the new Google Maps will have at least one less thing to worry about now. But are the latest changes enough? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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