Google Maps for Mobile has become an essential tool for maybe mobile warriors. I have spotted a Google Groups thread that asks Google if they would be willing to allow users to download maps to the application and then use those maps while being offline or not connected to the Internet.
This comes in handy when you:
- Don't have a data plan but have wifi
- Your internet connection is in a dead zone
- When you are on an airplane with airplane mode on
Google Maps Tom, an official Google Maps representative has almost confirmed Google is working on it. He said:
There have been a number of posts in this group specifically requesting this functionality, and we're working to meet your needs - but for now, Google Maps for mobile requires a data connection for use.
How soon? Who knows, but it does seem like Google is working on this.
Forum discussion at Google Groups.