Wi-Fi-Only Mode And SD Card Download Option Now Available For Google Maps for Android

Google is busy making its Maps app more accessible to users and now the company has gone on to add two new features for the Android version.
 
The company has announced a Wi-Fi-only option for the Google Maps app for Android and the testing of the features started last month. The support for SD card data download has also been provided.
 
The two new features may not seem to be a huge introduction for some; however it is quite a big deal for all those people who use a budget smartphone with limited storage, having a pre-paid or limited data plan.
 
The Wi-Fi only option will be excellent for all those who travel abroad, as this would mean that it would cut down the limited data plans for people who are traveling, along with reducing the data roaming charges.
 
Online support for Maps seems like a blessing, as it would now allow you to download the data for the city or place, even before you visit. However, the size of the download can be exorbitant. Hence, the additional SD card support is equally important for all the people who juggle limited space on their phone.
 
Google in its official blog states,
 
“Entry-level smartphones come with internal storage capacities as low as 4GB, while higher-end models range between 8GB and 32GB. For many of us, that’s not enough for all the videos, music, apps, and photos we cram onto our beloved smartphones. To ensure that Google Maps users with any storage capacity can download and use offline areas when they need them most, we’ve added the ability to download your offline areas to an external SD card (if your device supports them) on Google Maps for Android. Now you’ll never have to choose between snapping more food photos or the ability to navigate offline.”
 
 
 
Image Source: maps.googleblog.com
 
Google has also added more transportation options to Maps, introducing integrations with Go-Jek and Grab in Southeast Asia and has expanded its current support for Gett, Hailo and MyTaxi in order to cover Ireland, Austria, Israel, Italy and Poland.
 
These current new features are a part of the company’s ongoing effort to make its products as per the requirement of the new generation of mobile-only internet users.
 
The company concluded by stating,
 
“Commuting around your own city can be a battle and navigating around a foreign land can be ten times tougher. Using Google Maps offline and comparing between ride service options help make it a little easier so you can spend more time living and less time figuring out how to get places.”