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Continuous serving the ease of living by using technology, Google has rolled out its ‘Offline Maps’ in India on Wednesday. With the new service, users will be enabled to have offline access to its voice-based turn-by-turn navigation system in Google Maps. Users can now download the navigation data of a particular area that they want to access it in offline mode later.

Google Inc. has already revealed one week before that the company was likely to launch the facility. In addition, the search engine giant has announced its several future plans including the offline availability to its Maps app. In the same discussion, the company has pointed out that it will focus on ’emerging markets” like India as the data charges are too high and network connectivity is weak. Also, the offline navigation system will be independent of GPS.

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In an emailed statement, Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps, said, “Having a spotty internet connection shouldn’t mean you miss your next turn. With the launch of these new offline features, like turn by turn navigation and the ability to search for places, we hope it will be easier for people in India to find their way using Google Maps.”

Apart from the navigational data, the service will also provide detailed information on some specific locations, such as  hours of operation, contact information, as well as ratings which will also be accessible offline.

The Offline Maps also allows users to enable turn-by-turn driving directions as well as to search for specific destinations such as nearby restaurants, ATMs, hotels etc. while downloading the offline data for an area.

As Google has considered high data charges and slow Internet speed in the emerging markets, it has designed the service such that it auto-downloads the content through Wi-Fi only.

When the handset has an Internet connectivity then will it automatically switch to its full version mode that will provide live traffic conditions for the current route. The firm has announced the feature in an official blog post, which also reveals that the facility will be soon launched for iOS devices as well.

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