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Google Mobile Map App Offers Turn-By-Turn, Voice Guidance

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Oct 28, 2009, 8:57 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Oct 28, 2009, 2:40 PM

Today Google announced Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android 2.0 devices. The new Google Maps Navigation application will offer 3D maps that users can layer with wikipedia information or transit data. The application will also provide voice-based, turn-by-turn directions. The application offers powerful new ways to search for directions and map routes, which includes: access to the latest maps and business address data; simplified search by business or place name (no address required); voice-based search; real-time traffic information; satellite and street-view; and access to pints of interest along any given route. The application will initially be available on the Motorola Droid. Google did not say if or when the application would be available to other platforms or other devices.

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calif1mc

Oct 29, 2009, 5:38 AM

Will this work without cell service?

It looks nice, but it will NOT be replacement for GPS apps like TomTom, Garmin and CoPilot that do not need cell service to work. Up here in NW CA, and across NorCal there are a lot of dead areas, so unless it can work with or without cell service it's not taking the place of CoPilot Live 8 Smile
From Google's page on this-

"But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone's Internet connection"

I guess that answers that.
Another question, will the Google Navigation work during an active call? I know VZ navigator will not work if you talking on the phone. If Google works the same, how will this replace my Garmin?
mycool

Oct 29, 2009, 12:18 AM

they better...

With how much Google always wants all devices to be open to running their apps, they better not limit this enhanced Google Maps to Android only devices...

I want it on my Blackberry!
justfinethanku

Oct 28, 2009, 10:35 AM

Take that nuviphone!

This could be really awesome if they do it right! I already use google maps a LOT while on the road, and though I recently started using ATT navigator on my iPhone It would be nice to not have to pay the ten dollars a month for the service.

I love google... But I'm pretty sure they are going to take over the world and make us all slaves.
Rise of the Machines
Take that foldy maps lol
Azeron

Oct 28, 2009, 10:20 AM

Google Maps

Hmmmmmm...maybe they will enable it for Blackberry.
techjunky

Oct 28, 2009, 9:32 AM

app store

im pretty sure it will show up in the android app store pretty soon. cant wait for it. i use sprint navagation now..its pretty good. wonder what google is working with.
 
 
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