According to Dutch tech site All About Phones, Google Maps Navigation will offer offline navigation later on this summer. If this news proves to be true, this will be great news for Google and the millions of Android users who rely on Google Navigation every day.
This is step up from the cached routes feature that was introduced in December of last year. With caching on Google Maps for Android, maps of the areas of the places you visit often, as well as surrounding areas were downloaded to your device during the night so that you could use maps without an internet connection.
The drawback, of course, was that if you went to an area that wasn’t cached, you simply couldn’t get directions or the map.
With the number of smartphone users growing, coupled with the fact that Google Maps and Navigation is free on Android devices, not everyone is happy. TomTom and Garmin, the largest standalone GPS manufacturers have a lot to worry about.