Android: Soon you’ll be able to preload Google Maps on your Android phone and save your wireless minutes, according to an announcement today by Google. Offline Google Maps means you can navigate when traveling abroad or get directions in the subway or other places where you don’t have any reception.
With GPS, you’ll even be able to track your location on the map via a blue dot and see the compass.
The maps should be large enough to cover a metropolitan area (the size of the San Francisco Bay Area) and also show you detail down to the street level, according to The Next Web.
The next version of Google Maps for Android should be rolling out in the next few weeks worldwide.
The Google Maps event is still going on. You can view the press event live The Next Dimension of Google Mapson YouTube now.