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Google Maps for Android gets Wi-Fi-only mode and SD card download option

Google Maps for Android

Google is making its Maps app more accessible to users in emerging markets by brining two nifty features for the Android version of the service.

The company today announced a Wi-Fi-only option for the Google Maps app for Android — it began testing the feature last month — and it also added support for SD card data download.

The two features might not seem like something very big, but this is a big deal for those having a budget smartphone with limited internal storage and a pre-paid or limited data plan.

The Wi-Fi only option will be great for those who travel overseas too, since it cuts down on the often limited data plans for travellers, and helps others avoid data roaming charges altogether.

Offline support for Maps is very helpful as it has allows you to download the data for a city or place before you even visit. But the size of that download can be a hindrance. That makes the addition of SD card support equally important for those who juggle limited space on their phone, according to a blog post by Google.

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