Google Maps App Bringing Back Offline Maps Button ASAP

Jul 11, 2013 • 8:16 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps
 

google maps offline buttonYesterday we reported that part of the Google Maps App "upgrade" a few features went away. One such feature was easy access to offline maps.

Google removed the offline maps button and said to take your maps offline, you need to search for "OK Maps" and it will save the map you are on for offline viewing.

As you can imagine, users did not like that. Google listened and is rushing out an update to bring a button to the Android version that reads "Make this map area available offline."

The picture on this post is what it will look like.

Google said in a Google+ post:

We’ve been happy to hear so many of you enjoying the interface and features of the new Google Maps app for Android, but we know some of you are missing an easy way to access maps offline. That’s why our engineering team has been working around the clock to add a "Make this map area available offline" card below the search box for easier access. And, if you still want some #thumbercise, typing “ok maps” will work too!

The update will begin rolling out globally starting today. In the meantime, keep shakin’ to send us feedback!

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Comments:

ethalon

07/11/2013 12:53 pm

I just can't understand why they thought getting rid of a simple method and replacing it with a less simple one was a good idea in the first place.

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