I’m not ashamed to admit that I am quite directionally challenged.
We all have our strengths and navigation just isn’t one of mine. But fortunately, thanks to Google Maps, I can get around by myself quite easily, thank you very much.
One caveat, of course, is how much of a data suck the app can be. And when a decent data plan can set you back $80/month or more, most Canadians really can’t afford to go over. Another issue is navigating abroad. Depending on where you are in the world, data can be either ridiculously expensive or non-existent.
I’ve definitely looked up routes ahead of time at the place I was staying and taken screen shots just to save data.
Thankfully, it seems that the Google Map data struggle will soon be a thing of the past. Google has yet to announce this option, users are reporting an additional mode found in the settings of Google Maps that replaces the “Offline areas” option.
While the app warns users that it may still need a small amount of data, for the most part, it will function using Wi-Fi signals.
Meaning you can save your data for more important things, like refreshing Instagram or levelling up in Pokemon Go.
Another interesting feature that I’m sure Torontonians will be excited about is the mass transit warning system. If the trains in your city are suffering from a delay, the app will inform you so you can plan your route accordingly. You can even customize it so you only get notifications for the lines you use regularly.
Without official word from Google, it’s unclear when exactly these features will be live for everybody. iPhone users already have a restrict cellular data option for all apps, but I must say, that transit delay option would be a game changer.