It’s been a really long time since we heard that an application like YouTube went offline and it was rather pleasing to the audience to hear that now they can download videos and save if offline while traveling and having no internet connection.
Google has recently announced that navigation in India can now be done even in offline mode, which is a huge relief to frequent travelers and explorers as although we have 4G in India now, but most rural parts of India still don’t even have cellular towers providing no signal strength let alone 2G connection. While most parts of rural India still lack behind in technology, other Indians just don’t find it worth to spend a huge amount on 4G. They still recharge their mobiles with 2g connection and prefer waiting for a page to load rather than pay extra and get the work done in a jiffy.
Well all this is just about browsing the internet. What if we want to go on a road trip? We need to have navigation and the most commonly used application worldwide is the GOOGLE MAPS.
On 2g speeds loading a map is a nightmare as it just takes too long to load the map.
Google announces a rather good news for 2g users, people who explore rural India and places with lesser connectivity that the GOOGLE MAPS is now made offline.
Users have to download a specific area of a map in offline mode and google promises to give a turn by turn navigation even in offline mode. The users can even search for a specific area and get pin point accuracy just like they would get it online. This feature come free of cost and can be used anytime once the user has downloaded the map and then can use it from the downloaded map option. As of now this offline feature in google maps navigation is only available for devices powered by android but we are sure that google is working towards releasing an offline version of this application for those devices which run on a different platform namely iOS.
The offline feature of the YouTube app has done very well in the Indian market and hopefully there will be many users for the offline navigation upgrade as well as many Indians do have a rather good Wi-Fi connection but don’t believe in paying for a good cellular network data connection as they consider it a waste of money and rather keep the work till they reach a place which is Wi-Fi enabled.