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Googles Navigation To Gain Offline Support?

There’s a rumor floating about from a Dutch site called All About Phones that is claiming Google will introduce a FULL Offline Mode for your Google Maps application. Back in December we were already starting to see the beginning of the offline navigation trick when Google updated Maps to version 5. It’s now rumored that by summer, they will be taking it a step further and this could be in full effect with route caching and a full offline standalone navigation experience. This something everyone is looking forward to?

Via: Engadget

  • I have been waiting for offline mode since day one. Google Navigation has nearly rendered my Garmin unit obsolete. The only time the Garmin ever gets used is when I’m traveling through an area with poor data coverage. Having full offline mode would let me ditch the Garmin for good.

  • QQMore

    This would definitely be nice.  Was up near Yosemite a few weeks ago and had minimal cell, no data at ALL.  Had plenty of GPS signal though as we used my stand alone GPS device.  I like to think Google Nav is more accurate.  Both the hotel and one other way point the TomTom wanted to have us keep driving 3/4 to a mile plus past the destination.  I’ve never ever seen that happen with Google.  I try to be “good” and use the TomTom for right now though since it was a Christmas gift surprise.  The plus side to the TomTom is a bigger screen.  My entire OG Droid fits over the TomTom’s screen with just a bit to spare on each side.

  • This would be a very very welcome feature, I haven’t even tried the “offline navigation trick” but this might put an end for needing all that

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  • Anonymous

    To answer your question.


  • Granted

    Speaking of Google, did you see their Chrome OS commercial….. I always knew Google was a homosexual. What a great way to market, to one specific minority group. You can never please the minority, but you can always offend the majority.

    Oh yeah great yeah offline bitchin’.

    • Wow, you’re a bigot and should probably leave??? {{-_-}}

      • Gee

        Wow your a one trick pony and should probably leave??? {{-_-}}

  • Woot Woot! Hiking and biking and all that fun stuff with Google!

    • Granted

      Hiking and then biking into a tree while you overclock your bootstrap at 1.21gigawatts and then benchmark into the county morgue.

  • Anonymous


  • psykotikz

    google is amazing.  they need to get fewer ideas and stick with them like this.  ive used google maps for a long time and can not believe how far its come.  there are certain times when you’ve taken something as far as it can go before all your doing is minor tweaking.

  • Antitrust anyone?
    Microsoft got in trouble giving away a browser, which essentially killed Netscape. This will give the GPS makers more ammunition to make the government look into Google’s business. Making maps available offline will put Google Maps/Navigation in direct competition with the standalone GPS devices whose main differentiating feature was offline mode.

  • Anonymous

    Tom Tom, Garmin, et al just saw their business plans go poof!

    • tjhrulz

      They did also the day Google Nav was announced for mobile

    • Missthetrain

      TomTom and Garmin never bother to jump on android, thus our (android) navigation has always been decades behind iPhone and Winmobile. Google nav is a joke.

      • Peter Wilkinson

        google nav works better and faster on my android phone (with more features) then my dads $400 TomTom. maybe it’s just your phone thats a joke?

      • ShadowGTX

        Google Navi is one of the BEST Navi systems out there… since it gives you traffic, rerouting, text to speech, street view, and location information (I.E: Phone number, rating, address, and etc). also i shouldnt have fed the troll. i just like stating why iPhone users always get so jealous when i bust out my OG Droid with the Google Navi. iPhone User: “Omg that is sooooo cool! my map thing looks the same! how do i get that street view thing? what app is it?” Me: ” You cant… its only on Android phones” iPhone User: “Well how about that Navi thing there is an app for that right?” Me: “Uhhhh no… sorry :-/” iPhone User: ” Oh… well look i can play Angry Birds :D!” Me: Yeah so can i… we get it free :-/” iPhone User walks away

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, because that $99 Tom Tom app on iPhone sold so well.

        Though I guess both remaining WinMobile customers might agree with you.

        Oh and by the way, Garmin not only tried to jump to Android, they thought they could do one better and make their own Android phone with their tech built in… also a pointless failure.

        Is Google Nav perfect… hardly… but for most it is more than good enough.

        • luvmyd2

          I travel every week to a new city.  I typically use my Tom tom…..which I’ve had since before they got down to $99…..and seem to always resort to my D2  google Nav.  Even with updated maps on Tom Tom, Google Nav is more accurate.  I have run into numerous dead end roads using Tom Tom b/c it doesn’t know it’s not a connected road.  Besides that, Tom Tom charges $15/yr for fuel price locator…… taken care of by Gasbuddy and who knows how much more for traffic updates…Google Nav feature.
          Android ftw

      • missthetrain, I think your comment missed the boat

      • missthetrain, I think your comment missed the boat

      • Missthetrain

        I tried Google nav once, plot my way to a Target near by.
        1. It tell me to turn left  at a divided road with a 2 feet high wall and trees in the middle.
        2. 3 of the 5 streets that are on the route are spelled wrong.
        3. It point me to a spot that is half a mile from the Target.

        So it’s feature rich, tell the future and it can keep you warm at night, but if it tells you to drive off the bridge it’s a piece of you know what. To those 1 trick pony, I’ve had every smart phone since the Nokia days and yes iPhone too. I’ve tried every nav out there. Make sure you can say “been there, done that” and know something else beside this 1 trick before drooling all over it. There’s always something better out there..oh and that super duper Android phone you paid half your dad’s monthly salary for the other day?…It’s outdated.
        On the other hand, if Google Nav is your God, then by all means…

        • Paulding

          I think the problem with your Google Nav is an ID10t error.

    • Granted

      You guys would argue whether a piece of shit tasted good or bad.

  • Rain_king46

    Im confused. If you are offline how does nav know where you are currently located? And if it doesnt know where you are located isnt that basically the same as the turn by turn text directions already in the Google Maps app? Explain to someone who isnt getting it why this is cool. 

    • Anonymous

      Your location is determined by a gps receiver. It is independent of your data. 

      • Rain_king46

        Ahh ok, so it still uses the GPS just doesnt use data to retrieve maps etc. Making a non activated phone a more useful device.

      • Anonymous

        Most (All?) Android devices us Assisted GPS, requiring a cell connection for more precise location data, no? What kind of accuracy hit will this see without a cell connection?

        • Nanahara

          No a GPS works by the locks on satellites and the time it takes to receive the time sent from the satellites. It’s all based on timing. The GPS knows exactly how far it is from that satellite based on the exact time it took to send that time down to the GPS, which reads multiple satellites time signatures to triangulate your exact position (down to so many feet of course) the more satellites you have locked the more accurate the GPS will be, but the GPS chip has to be able to process multiple times quickly or it will not be as reliable. 

        • Anonymous

          A-GPS uses the network to either help locate the satellites faster or get location info from a server (based on info passed from the device).  It is still, at heart, a GPS device which primarily uses the satellites for positioning, the network is just there to “assist,” but is not required.  If you don’t have a data signal, your GPS should still work fine (barring interference), but it may take longer to lock onto the satellites it needs for a proper fix.

    • Mike

      It has all the data about the maps and gets your location by receiving GPS signals, which are free. It would let you navigate without a constant data connection.

  • Shaun

    I’d love this. I could continue using my Droid X for GPS and music in my car, and use one of those new-fangled unlocked bootloader HTC phones I’ve been hearing so much about.

  • I really wish you could change the voice (without changing the language on your phone). Look at me, being a Negative Nancy- This is amazing news 🙂

    • Mike


    • I’m thinking the “nagging wife” or “grouchy husband” voice option would be perfect. Cant you just hear it? “Oh my gosh, you never listen to me! I told you to turn back there and as usual, you didn’t. Now we have to circle the block, we are going to be late and thanks to your break check back there, the cake is all over the floor”  “blah blah blah!”

  • That would be awesome

  • Mr.Joe

    Can you get Canadian maps on this?  I’ve wanted to go to Canada for a while but data fees for roaming = YUCK.

    • Jim Dandy

      If you do, hit up Comox/ Courtney. Good times :p

    • Anonymous

      Canada lol

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it can move out of beta #imjustsayin

  • Anonymous


    • Granted

      I see your well thought point… but I still think Cookie Monster was the one who gave Ernie the yeast infection. #imjustgayin

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Bring it… most useful for international travel

  • Anonymous

    This is great news. After upgrading to the ThunderBolt I have been using my old unactivated Incredible as my GPS/Navigation since GPS doesn’t work for me on CM7, but in order to use navigation I need to have a data connection, so I have to tether it to the ThunderBolt.

    • Bunie

      Theres already an offline navigation program where you can download the map of your area. but Google navigation would be so much cooler.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I have heard that, but I’d have a hard time leaving Google Maps/Navigation behind. I’ll sticking with the workaround until this update.

      • CyberPete

         copilot live.

        • Copilot is the best 4.99 I’ve spent on a app. Its a great GPS but I got it for offline use. So  if Google Maps gets offline maps to or at least the ability to down load and cache maps on your route I would probably never use CP again. But if you’re looking for a good cheap full featured GPS you can’t go wrong CoPilot Live.

          • CyberPete

             agree,but you got a good deal like i did. it’s not usually the cheap i dont think…

  • adam


  • Ace87


  • Absolutely!  This would render regular GPS completely useless.  Hopefully use less battery too.

    • Brian

      Not exactly, the GPS would still have to be used to tell you where you are on your map.  I assume it would use less battery in that it didn’t need to constantly use the network though.