Google Maps is at last useful offline: Goodbye, TomTom


It was weird. Google Maps provided a great turn-by-turn navigation and search, but only if you were online. There were some methods to use it offline, but they were not really convenient, and it seems we’ve got finally what we needed:

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

That’s a big win for users, and a big problem for companies that provided offline navigation apps on phones or dedicated GPS devices. TomTom, I’m looking at you.

Source: Google Lat Long: Navigate and search the real world … online or off

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.