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updated 10:34 PM PST, Feb 8, 2016

Google Maps soon to work offline

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Popular app will be able to work without a data connection.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Popular app will be able to work without a data connection.

With an update for Android phones that came Tuesday, you now can search nearby businesses and get driving directions, including turn-by-turn voice prompts, even if your Internet connection is spotty or non-existent. Google says a version for iPhones will come soon.

The feature is ideal if you’re trying to leave an underground parking garage or a remote national park. It’s also great if you’re traveling abroad and want to conserve on expensive data plans. Google also is targeting users in emerging markets, where cellular speeds are slower and prices are higher relative to typical incomes.

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Jacob Palmer

Jacob Palmer is the former digital news editor for Oregon Business.

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