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Google recently announced that its hugely popular map app, Google Maps, will soon be available offline, along with its turn-by-turn navigation features.

The offline features announced for Google Maps are mainly intended for ‘emerging markets’ where mobile internet connection is spotty, and data charges expensive, since navigation via GPS is independent of mobile networks. Google in the past had introduced offline rerouting during navigation which could reroute users even if they lose their internet connection. Now, the entire navigation will be available offline. The offline features will also come in handy for those users who are travelling to less connected spots, or for those who are searching for direction when travelling in underground metros or via flights.

The offline search feature would let users to search for places and points of interest, with results including auto complete suggestions as well as reviews, contact numbers, opening hours and other necessary information.