Finally, offline search and navigation is coming to Google Maps

Road warriors rejoice. The time has come

We’ve been craving a better offline Google Maps experience for years, and we’ve finally got it.

During its I/O Keynote (in which we saw Glimpses of Android M and Android Pay), Google revealed that Maps will support offline turn-by-turn directions, letting you get to your destination even if you’re in an area with spotty connectivity.

Not only that, but offline data will also include nearby places of interests such as restaurants, along with reviews and opening hours.

There’s no mention of whether or not you can increase the size of the downloaded area (downloading the entire UK for example, is still not possible currently), but we guess we’ll find out when the updated Maps lands “later this year”.