Google has quietly added offline map caching to the latest version of Google Maps for Android, though it cautions that the feature is a part of its Google Labs suite of experimental features and is not feature complete. The offline maps caching feature is also different from similar functionality in other applications in that it will only cache a 10 mile radius of locations from which the phone is located and not the entire map. This follows the latest major update to the Google Maps for Android application which added mass transit alerts yesterday.
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By Humberto Saabedra on July 7, 2011