As we reported yesterday, Google has removed the ability to download maps or access those stored in storage in Google Maps 7.0.0 for Android. Google has also cut another “dead branch” i.e. Latitude, but honestly it is still being used by a significant number of users. However, the main objective is to shift attention to the features offered by the social network Google+, even when it comes to control the location of friends or relatives, Google stated in a post yesterday .

Now it seems the Mountain View Company has listened the feedback received from users, and released yet another update to the application that introduces a new method to download portions of land in to internal memory of smartphones and tablets.


The announcement came in the morning from the official page on the own social network Google+. The download method comes as an Easter egg that allows you to download the area displayed on the screen simply by typing “OK Maps” in the search field. The announcement reads:

We’ve been happy to hear so many of you enjoying the interface and features of the new Google Maps app for Android, but we know some of you are missing an easy way to access maps offline. That’s why our engineering team has been working around the clock to add a “Make this map area available offline” card below the search box for easier access. And, if you still want some #thumbercise, typing “ok maps” will work too!

The update also brings the second missing feature “Where is Latitude?” in the side menu. Just tap to get additional information on geolocation service, which will be permanently suspended from August 9. The new version of Google Maps for Android is currently in the distribution process, and it may take several hours to reach all territories.