What would make a company like TomTom or Garmin shake a little when it comes to competition? How about Google Maps with Navigation offering a downloadable offline mode application? That’s the word on the street according to AllAboutPhones who reports that Google is launching just that this summer.
The application would not require any users to connect using data when out of service areas, but still provides full map functionality with navigation. This would likely be a map package that the user would need to download in advance and store on the mobile device for access when out of data range. One thing we don’t know however is whether Google will charge for this service, or perhaps charge for the downloadable maps individually, etc. Either way, if Google launches this and only charges anything under $50, it’s still going to be a huge kick in the rear for competing GPS navigational tools currently available.
Let us know how you think this will play out, will Google charge?