Google Maps Navigation


It is now official and will completely change the mobile and PND navigation market:  Google announced Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 devices.

It features 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting, but unlike most navigation systems, the Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of the phone’s internet connection.

And so Google’s navigation comes with recent map and business data (phone automatically gets the most up-to-date maps and business listings from Google Maps), search by voice (speak your destination instead of typing), traffic view (live traffic data over the internet), search along route (searching for a specific business along the route), satellite view (the same satellite imagery as Google Maps on the desktop) and Street View (shows the turn as you’ll see it, with the route overlaid).

The first phone to have Google Maps Navigation is Motorola?s Droid. It hits the U.S. market next week (Nov. 6th) for $199 on contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate) and will be available from Verizon with voice plan starting at $39 and a web and email plan for $29 per month.

Like other Google Maps features, Navigation is free.

Originally appeared on Smartphone

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