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Google Maps to get offline turn by turn navigation

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Good news for people who have bad lines, Google will soon be implementing offline search in the Google Maps app which will be massively helpful for people with spotty internet connections.

Offline functionality will basically allow users to enjoy offline turn-by-turn voice navigation instructions with the offline support hitting devices later this year.  Also joining this is the YouTube Offline option that will be available in India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam that will allow you to download and keep videos on your device for up to 48 hours.

On top of this, Google is working towards data usage optimization while using Chrome so data consumption will be reduced by as much as 80 percent. Overall the new features will hopefully ease the data burden on devices that are stuck with expensive plans or bad connections so at least you can get home in one piece.

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