Google Maps Update Removes Latitude, Makes Offline Mode Hidden
A new version of Google Maps has just been released and is gradually being rolled out across the entire board of Google devices out there. Chances are you already have received the notification for the update, unless you have auto-update on. An iOS version is also being readied for release, once Apple gives its green light for the app, which it gives for every one of its app.
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The major focus in this version of Maps is the move to make the UI as universally similar to all the different versions across all platforms as possible. For example, like the iOS version, the UI is simplistic with drawers storing all the extra functions, rather than a droop down menu. Apart from cosmetics, Maps now also supports real-time traffic routing and can plot the next best path in the event of an accident on a route.
Apart from this, the ‘Make available offline’ feature has been chopped off, since it wasn’t ready yet, hinting a probable reactivation in the future. However, there’s an easter egg, to save a map for use in Offline Mode, press the search icon at the top of the app and either speak or say “OK Maps” and the area that you can see on the screen will be cached.
Another feature to go out of this version is the Latitude, which Google is officially shutting down. However, location sharing is being integrated to Google+.(But you cannot see see how much more distance needed to cover, to reach the moon!)