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Google Maps Offline Mode is Now Available in India

Google has announced that people using its Maps app on Android in India can now access offline navigation features.

The announcement to make offline mode available in India comes just a week after Google began letting Android users download maps and retain turn-by-turn navigation, but it still remains unavailable in many regions.

Updating the app for Indian users has come at a time when other tech companies like Facebook are showing their dedication to investing in emerging markets like India and Africa, viewing them as a huge potential customer base.

Earlier this week, Facebook revealed that it’s partnering with Airtel Africa to bring free access to basic internet services to 17 countries in Africa through its Free Basics program. India is a country that still endures connectivity issues, so offline mode is crucial to Google Maps users in the region.

Google also announced this week that it has lowered the minimum app prices in the Play Store for 17 countries, including India.

Android devices remain the most popular choice for accessing the Web in India, so it makes sense that Google would focus on rolling this feature out on that platform first, though it will be available on iOS “soon,” according to Google.

Published at: 16-11-2015
Tags: Google Maps offline maps india maps

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  1. Comment by Acer-Predator

    I've got it in uk bcos i have vivo x5pro and it is (china) app store pushed update for me.. not it is second update I already have offline gmaps week ago..

  2. Comment by Cn Se

    Also, since last night I can see traffic report for Tehran, Iran. Which is interestingly not available in Web view Also it's worth noting that I use a GS3, running a 5.1.1 custom ROM, and have modified it to have google now in Iran

  3. Comment by Abhimanyu khnna

    I'd love to see them providing us with an option to download maps state or country wise, even if it takes a lot of storage :) But, even what they've come up with now is a welcome change :)

  4. Comment by suraj k

    Nice option.. Downloaded the Delhi NCR map data but why it is showing a validity of 28 days? Means one has to download the complete data again after 28 days?

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