September 26, 2012 by Michal Guzik
Google Maps for android has two great features that I use a lot and I think are quite useful. Surprisingly, not many people know about them.
The first one, is simply possibility to download section region of the map, and make it “available offline”. It comes especially handy if you are planning to go on a trip to places where internet connection is poor (like field trips) and you need a map to get around. You don’t need to wait for ages, trying to load the map. It’s right on your phone.
Just press the menu button and go to “Make available offline”
Moreover, you get to choose exactly what you want to download and the app informs you how many mb it’s going to be.
Afterwards you can access downloaded map from the “Show offline list” button in the menu.
The second one is called “Measure”, made by Ole C. and James S. This option let’s you measure the distance in straight line between points on the map. You don’t need to put any directions or search for the road the get the distance. Simply tap the start point and the end point. The line will show up and the distance.
Additionally, if you have internet connection, it shows you the Total Ascent and Highest peak within the distance. Small, hady diagram is also inculded.
I belive these two options makre great addition to Google Maps app. I use those a lot and can’t think of a map app without those.