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Google Maps now available offline

Google announced Tuesday that the latest update of the Google Maps application will allow users to download maps and access them later without the need to be connected to the Internet.

“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,” the company wrote on its official blog.

Google said the update, which will be available only on Android devices for the moment, will allow users to get “turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings,” without the need for an Internet connection.

Until now, users could download maps but not get directions or carry out searches.

The company said that what prompted the update was the fact that most people do not have rapid access to information as 60 percent of the world population has no or limited access to the Internet.

Mountain View (EE. UU.), 10 nov EFE/Practica Español

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