In yet more app news today, Google pushed out updates to Maps and its cousin Streetview.


First, Google Maps received the promised offline mode, wherein you can pan to a certain area and save it for use without an Internet connection. Pretty neat, though it remains impossible to use navigation offline, limiting the practical applications of this feature.

Additionally, Street View saw a minor update that should improve everyone's favorite compass mode - devices with a gyroscope should now be able to use it more smoothly.

The updates are available now on Google Play, so download away!

Jaroslav Stekl
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  • http://www.facebook.com/rmourar Ricardo Moura Rocha

    Just one problem, the offline caching that was previously available worldwide now is limited to the us, albeit improved.

    • diem

      Yeah, this is really a bummer.. I used to have offline caching in Europe, now where I am I get "not available in this area"...!! I mean, what the fuck Google? Amazing initiative, but why are you screwing us over like this? I hope it gets rolled out worldwide soon..

    • Nawak

       It work in France also.
      I was afraid that was just a re-branding of the lab caching but the area is way larger now. I caching now Paris and suburbs 65mb.
      And traffic information is extended too, my city wasn't cover before.

  • tylerbrainerd

    It's still a major benefit to have offline. When I was in london a few weeks ago, pre cached it on the old labs feature and walked around with it just fine. Helped me get back to underground stations.

    In addition, in standard driving situations, a pre-cached means only directions and not the map has to load.

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    Offline maps work in Slovakia (Europe), but not in all countries like Croatia, Spain ... I don't know why. 

  • Innershell

    It is definitely easier to cache an area now without making multiple overlapping cache tiles. However, this was so close to offline navigation but not quite. I will have to rely on CoPilot when I am data roaming until this offline navigation is finally introduced.

  • eduardomori

    For some reason, offline maps doesnt work in Brazil anymore. Why?!?! It was ok during the Labs.

  • Greg Sanders

    Offline maps aren't working in Japan either. Crap. Leaving in two days.

  • http://twitter.com/leeyiksheng Yik Sheng

    Sadly and strangely, offline map was already available and functional in my country before the update. After the update, when I try to do offline cache, it says my location does not have offline map which I had previously. Sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.a.figueiro Lucas Abido Figueiro

    It just got worse!!
    Stupid update.
    I though we would have offline navigation but now I don´t even have offline maps!
    Great job Google...

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.a.figueiro Lucas Abido Figueiro

    Theses more important updates are always US only.
    Voice actions, offline voice, google voice, rent movies, buy books, google music...
    Nice resons to stay away from Android when buying new phone...

  • Huton Gergö

    it's not bad but wee need offline navigation!

  • BrianBreniser

    Why the heck does every single advertisement for any phone/app from any vender/oem/etc. have two people who "meet" or "fall in love"? Its not like every fu**ing app you download will find you a new lover. If that were the case we would all be billionaire playboys by now... Just advertise the usefulness of your product and stop with the short story telling, its getting lame...

    by the way the offline feature is cool. I think i'll do my home city just in case my connection is lost (F**K you sprint).

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      You'd be surprised, I install at least an app a week, just to make sure I've got a new girl to take out on Friday night ;)

      I am with you, it's become really redundant.  Unfortunately, everybody out there has decided to rebel against the Droid branding (which was very mechanized and harsh), and they swung way too far the other direction (into Apple territory).

      My favorite marketing so far has been the Jim Gaffigan series done by T-Mobile and HTC for the Radar 4g Windows Phone.  It's hilarious, it shows off features in a cleaver way, loosely hints at the way real people would use it, and in some cases it even teaches future users how to use some features if they aren't quite as discoverable as they should be.  The only problem was the dweeb they hired to play the 'HTC Expert', seriously, it's like they wanted to market the phone to people who hadn't yet discovered girls.

      The Samsung commercials that showed SGSII owners walking passed lines at the Apple store were a good idea, but they always felt a little too "look at me, look at me, I can be as cool and ironic as them".  I still think those commercials were far more effective than most of the other commercials.  Let's be honest, even the one with the elephant drawing on the Galaxy Note was a good commercial for the S-Pen.

  • Julius

    works in italy 

    • Kolos

      wth... it's not working for me, tried venice bologna etc and "not available"

  • Tim Kermode

    Does this work properly now? I know under the labs version if you had no data connection it wouldn't allow you to open the app which made it quite limiting!