Google announced today that their Maps app would now offer offline maps. The idea behind the functionality is that once you download the map of the area you are going to be in, you can open that map remotely without using data. As your smartphone is equipped with GPS, you can still use the directions feature without issue.
While this is an exciting development, what seemed to have everyone twitching was the fact that the updated feature was only being announced for Android. Many seem to be taking this to mean that Apple will in fact be ditching Google Maps in iOS 6, for their own map software. That announcement is expected for next week.