Google just announced a new version of Maps for their Android (2.1+) OS. In this new version they have released a highly anticipated feature in the labs section of the app. There is now the ability to cache maps to your handset so that you can view maps where you might not have signal. This would be great for traveling abroad or traveling in the boonies. Since this is in labs, we can forgive them for missing features such as modifying the area that caches . However, Google seems to have missed the biggest reason people would ever want to cache maps: to use GPS navigation where there is no data.
After a bit of experimenting, it seems that while the maps themselves are cached, the app still has to reach out to the Google Maps server for navigation calculation.
Please let me know if there is a work-around or if I totally screwed this up.
Self-counter point: You can look at the maps that are cached, and figure the way visually.
- Cached a fixed area
- Turned off wifi and cell data
- Attempted to navigate between two addresses which are known to be in the cached area.