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Any way to do this - background data is always off yet it ignores that and there's no option in the app itself. It's chewed my battery power and used 5% of my data allowance.
I wouldn't mind if I ever used it but I don't.
Just remember to check your Google applications every so often. Those boxes somehow get rechecked. I haven't figured out how or when but it is highly annoying if you're like me and would prefer to read change logs and reviews before installing an update.
Thanks, I could have sworn I'd turned it off - they hide the option well. It seems to know just when I want to access the web in a crap signal area and then start updating, if it did it discreetly I'd probably not notice.
So what good does turning off the background data option actually do if software can ignore it?
I uninstalled Google maps because it was eating my data allowance.
I now use Maverick with Mapnik maps. It's a great app that will cache maps to your sd card. You can scroll through and cache maps on wi-fi, then you don't need a data connection when you're out and about.
Google have now blocked the use of their maps on this app!