Google announces free Maps Navigation for Android 2.0

Google has announced that the forthcoming Android 2.0 operating system will feature a free Maps Navigation utility featuring turn-by-turn navigation and a female robotic voice as well as integration with Satellite and Street Views.


According to the Google development team, if you don't know the address you're looking for, you can enter the name of a business, a landmark, etc and Google will 'best guess' it for you. Then press Navigate and you're on your way. You can also search by voice to trigger navigation immediately.

"Google Maps Navigation gets live traffic data over the Internet. A traffic indicator light in the corner of the screen glows green, yellow or red, depending on the current traffic conditions along your route. If there's a jam ahead of you, you'll know. To get more details, tap the light to zoom out to an aerial view showing traffic speeds and incidents ahead. And if the traffic doesn't look good, you can choose an alternate route," said the developers.

Other features include Search Along Route, Satellite and Street Views.


Endgaget reported a marked drop in the share values of both TomTom and Garmin after Google's announcement.


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