On August 8th, Google added two new offline features to Google Maps, as well as bulked up the number of international rid-service rate comparison options in a number of countries.
In the announcement, Android users with spotty service, or users who want to save on data, can turn on the new “Wi-fi only” feature in their Google Maps settings to use the app when their offline.
Google Maps even added the ability for users to save an area to an external SD card on Android devices so that any saved maps don’t have to take up space on the device’s internal storage.
To ensure that Google Maps users with any storage capacity can download and use offline areas when they need them most, we’ve added the ability to download your offline areas to an external SD card (if your device supports them) on Google Maps for Android. Now you’ll never have to choose between snapping more food photos or the ability to navigate offline.
Any people with Android devices will be offered the option to save the a map to their phone or SD Card when selecting to download an area.
Google Maps, in addition to the new offline features mentioned above, also upped the number of international ride-service listings to compare rates in a number of countries.
Uber aside, Google Maps is listing GO-JEK and Grab rides in Indonesia. Rates for Grab have been added in cities throughout, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia. These updates are now on Android devices and wlil be rolling out on iOS.
For Ireland, Poland, Israel, Russia, Austria and Italy, Android and iOS users will both have access to Gett, Hailo and MyTaxi rate comparisons.