The changelog for yesterday’s Google Maps update mentions two feature updates: current gas prices and popular times. The former gives you information on all of the closest gas stations as well as the current gas price at each, while the latter allows you to avoid restaurants and retail establishments during their busiest hours.
It’s often what’s not mentioned that deserves the most attention.
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In this case, what’s not mentioned is offline navigation. Originally reported by Venture Beat, and confirmed by TNW, Google is starting to unroll offline navigation to users on iOS.
Until now, users were only able to view a map of the area when offline. With the update, they can get turn-by-turn navigation, useful information about local businesses — like hours of operation, ratings and contact information — and destination-specific search, all while offline.