While traveling abroad or in-city if you use a lot of Maps, you may know connectivity is often a feature when on road trips, from today, it will be easier for you to prepare for those long stretches without a WiFi or mobile data—as Google Maps has launched of ‘SD card support’ and ‘Wi-Fi only’ mode.
The new offline features and ride service options are currently launched on Maps for Android, and while it downloading offline locations still savie on device storage and data.
First up, now, you can chhoose to save on mobile data or let the internet for other stuff, you can toggle to “Wi-fi only”, the Google Maps app will work entirely offline —i.e. no Wi-Fi or mobile data needed. Because, the feature take Google Maps completely offline, while you can still use other internet apps and the rest of your phone as you normally would.
If you need to see what the traffic is like or update your offline maps, you can easily switch back to online mode by changing your setting or finding the nearest Wi-Fi.
In addition, you might even save on battery life too.
Additionally, Google also added the ability to download your offline locations to an external SD card (if your device supports them) — to ensure you have free storage space for your other important stuff.
Finally, in addition a ‘dedicated mode’ availabe since March this year, where users can easily compare ride service options without having to open multiple apps.
Google has now begun showing options from GO-JEK rides in three cities in Indonesia with ten more cities coming soon on (Android, rolling out on iOS) and Grab rides in 24 cities throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand (Android, rolling out on iOS).
Additionally, in select cities across Ireland, Poland, Italy, Austria, Russia, and Israel —Google also expanded the availability of Gett, Hailo, and MyTaxi on both Android and iOS.
Google already shows options from Uber.