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Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Posted October 28, 2009 at 10:40am by iClarified · 13560 views
Google has announced Maps Navigation, its own free navigation app for mobile devices.

The application is currently in beta and only for the Android platform; however, its likely that an iPhone version won't be far behind.

Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone's Internet connection. It features 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting.

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The most recent map and business data
When you use Google Maps Navigation, your phone automatically gets the most up-to-date maps and business listings from Google Maps — you never need to buy map upgrades or update your device. And this data is continuously improving, thanks to users who report maps issues and businesses who activate their listings with Google Local Business Center.

Search in plain English
Google Maps Navigation brings the speed, power and simplicity of Google search to your car. If you don't know the address you're looking for, don't worry. Simply enter the name of a business, a landmark or just about anything into the search box, and Google will find it for you. Then press "Navigate", and you're on your way.

Search by voice
Typing on a phone can be difficult, especially in the car, so with Google Maps Navigation, you can say your destination instead. Hold down the search button to activate voice search, then tell your phone what you want to do (like "Navigate to Pike Place in Seattle"), and navigation will start automatically.

Traffic view

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.

Search along route
For those times when you're already on the road and need to find a business, Google Maps Navigation searches along your route to give you results that won't take you far from your path. You can search for a specific business by name or by type, or you can turn on popular layers, such as gas stations, restaurants or parking.

Satellite view
Google Maps Navigation uses the same satellite imagery as Google Maps on the desktop to help you get to your destination. Turn on the satellite layer for a high-resolution, 3D view of your upcoming route. Besides looking cool, satellite view can help you make sense of complicated maneuvers.

Street View
If you want to know what your next turn looks like, double-tap the map to zoom into Street View, which shows the turn as you'll see it, with your route overlaid. And since locating an address can sometimes be tricky, we'll show you a picture of your destination as you approach the end of your route, so you'll know exactly what to look for.

Have a look at the screenshots and video below for more information.




Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App

Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App Google Launches Its Own Free Navigation App
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boyet
boyet - October 28, 2009 at 10:13pm
OMG this thing looks awesome especially with the streetview and its free
Scott
Scott - October 28, 2009 at 10:56am
this will be released for the first time on the new Motorola Droid on November 6th!
Jompao
Jompao - October 28, 2009 at 10:55am
Lights out TomTom and Navigon, at least they will need to drop their pricing.
JrichVA
JrichVA - October 28, 2009 at 11:43am
I don't think so, I think this apps usefulness as a gps replacement will be limited by the fact it seems to require a Internet connection to pull in maps/points of interest. Even if you always have a data signal it's still going to be slower than apps that use stored map/poi data. If google allows to load a map base/ major poi on your phone that uses x GB of space then this could be great. And real competition. Satalite and traffic and their advanced search? Yeah use Internet for that.
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