Data roaming is costly and free Wi-Fi is not something that is available everywhere. This is a situation that we are sure most travelers have faced. Fortunately, popular travel website TripAdvisor has just announced its smartphone app will now offer offline functionality, allowing travelers to continue using the app overseas without having to incur costly data roaming charges or look for free Wi-Fi.
The TripAdvisor app will now allow users to download reviews, photos and even city maps so that they can be accessed later even when there is no data connection available.
“The new offline feature for TripAdvisor’s smartphone app makes it an even more valuable ‘must have’ tool during your trip,” said Adam Medros, TripAdvisor's senior vice president of global product. “More and more travellers are making spur-of-the-moment decisions about where to go and what to do and need a useful travel resource. Travelers can now access user reviews, photos and maps throughout their trip to help them pick last-minute hotels, restaurants and attractions to visit–all while avoiding costly roaming charges.”
To access the new offline feature, simply search for a city within the app when a data connection is available and tap a button to download city content. Once downloaded, the app will automatically transition to offline mode featuring 10 reviews per point of interest when no data connection is available. And when there is a working data connection, the app will automatically go back to online mode and offer full functionality.
The city maps are powered by Telenav's Scout Maps and Navigation SDK, and users can add and remove maps on their smartphones as they wish.