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Google Officially Releases Offline Navigation And Search In Maps, Available Starting Today On Android

Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google teased offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps, a feature that many of us have wanted for a long, long time. Today, that feature comes to fruition.

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As of today's Maps update, users will be able to save specific areas to their devices when they know that they'll be in an area with poor data coverage. When an unacceptable connection is detected, Maps will automatically switch to offline mode; turn-by-turn directions, searches, store hours, and the like will all continue to be available.

You'll be able to grab the desired areas by searching for a city, county, or country, then tapping the "download" button on the card.

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[Update: Also Added Gas Prices] Google Maps v9.16 Adds Search For Places Along Your Current Route For Quick Stops To Get Gas And Food [APK Download]

Forget Offline Navigation! OK, don't forget it, but set it aside for a moment because Google Maps just got the greatest update ever, it just doesn't have anything to do with offline. Navigation now supports the option to search along your current route for new destinations. Now you can easily side-track on your long road trips to get gas, food, or even do a little shopping. It's quick, simple, and super useful.

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HERE For Android's Route Sharing Feature Arrives In Latest Stable Update, Brings Surfer Dude Voice Along For The Ride

Last month HERE showed off its upcoming route sharing feature, which lets users send others the route they're taking to get to a destination. This way you can answer "How are you getting here?" without having to go through the effort of explaining. Tapping the standard share button and having the question-asking-person read the plain text that appears on his or her phone, or open the instructions inside HERE, should be much less of a headache.

Now you no longer have to be in the beta program to try out the feature. The stable version of the app is getting the goods in the newest update.

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Latest HERE Android Beta Update Lets You Share Not Just Where You're Going, But The Route You Will Take To Get There

Since arriving on Android the HERE app has been a solid alternative to Google Maps. Each update brings something new, and as usual, beta users get the goods first. Today's new feature is the ability to share your route with other people.

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HERE Maps For Android Update Brings New Contextual Menu

When HERE Maps launched a new beta program back in July, the first major feature was a new contextual menu. Whenever you long-pressed anywhere on a map, four bubbles would pop up that offered information on the location, the option to share, the ability to pull up directions, and the choice to immediately start navigation.

Now that feature has hit the stable version of HERE Maps.

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Maps v9.14 Rolls Out New Navigation UI To Everybody, Adds Chart To Businesses For Popular Times [APK Download]

Google Maps was updated just about a week ago and there's already a brand new version bump for your navigational pleasure. The latest update rolls out a new UI for planning out your navigation, including a big interactive map, more information, and convenient route selection. There's also a new chart in the details page that details just how busy a business gets at different times of the day. If you can't wait to try it for yourself, grab the download link at the bottom of the article.

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Now You Can Send Directions From Desktop Google Maps To Your Android Device

It can be convenient to pull up directions at a PC while you're sitting at your desk, but you're not going to lug that thing outside to the car when it's time to hit the road. That means you have to get the directions to your phone or tablet, which often means just searching a second time. Back in April, Google tried to alleviate this issue by introducing the ability to send directions directly from Search. Now the company is providing the option to send the information from desktop Maps to the Android app.

If you have the latest version of Google Maps installed (9.11.0), you should see Send to device appear at the bottom of the card detailing the current location.

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HERE Maps Starts A New Beta Program On Android — The First Feature Is A Contextual Menu When Long-Tapping Anywhere On The Map

Google Maps may be the go-to mapping and navigation app for a grand majority of Android users, but that doesn't stop the competition from pushing ahead, adding new features, and trying to grab more users. That's the case with HERE Maps, which is not content with offering a better offline mapping experience, but keeps on trickling updates to its Android app. Lately, it added reversible lane support in 12 cities, and now it's launching a beta program to help you test out new features before they make it into the stable release.

The first beta adds a contextual menu that springs up whenever you tap and hold anywhere on the map.

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Waze Launches 'RideWith' Carpool Service, Limited Availability In Israel Only Right Now

Mapping and navigation app Waze is trying something new, and as with many new things, you need to start small. So the Google-owned company is starting with commuters in the Gush Dan region of Israel. If you need a lift to work, just grab the new RideWith app and another Waze user can pick you up on the way.

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Google Plans To Integrate Railroad Crossing Locations In Maps Because Dumb People Keep Getting Hit By Trains

Trains are big and fast, and if they hit your car, you might die. You would think that was sufficient motivation to be careful at railroad crossings, but there was actually a sharp 9% increase in rail crossing accidents last year. Google has agreed to work with the Federal Railroad Administration to list more than 200,000 public and private rail crossings in Google Maps to help people be more aware.

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