Google Maps App Is Bringing Back Offline Maps Feature

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Yesterday we wrote about how the Google Maps app was updated.  The Google Maps app received an Explore feature, enhanced navigation, tablet optimization, and Zagat integration.  Google is addressing criticism that they removed an offline maps feature.  The application also saw the removal of the Google Latitude geo-sharing social network.

The Google Maps update version 7 saw search and navigation improvements like the Google card user interface.  Due to pressure from users, Google is going to add a card that says “Make this map area available offline.”

“We’ve been happy to hear so many of you enjoying the interface and features of the new Google Maps app for Android, but we know some of you are missing an easy way to access maps offline,” stated Google in a Google+ post. “That’s why our engineering team has been working around the clock to add a ‘Make this map area available offline’ card below the search box for easy access.”  When typing “OK maps,” the feature will be activated.

It is great to see that Google has been receptive to feedback for the Google Maps application.  Especially because it is one of the best mapping apps on the App Store right now.