Google simplifies GPS navigation for Android 2.0 smartphones

  • Google has announced its Maps Navigation beta for Android 2.0 devices. The application, which supports hands-free voice searches, offers 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting.

    "Since 2005, millions of people have relied on Google Maps for mobile to get directions on the go. However, there's always been one problem: once you're behind the wheel, a list of driving directions just isn't that easy to use," explained Google software engineer Keith Ito.

    "It doesn't tell you when your turn is coming up. And if you miss a turn? Forget it, you're on your own."

    According to Ito, the Navigation app provides users with seven advanced features, including:

    • Updated maps and business data
    • Flexible search options
    • Live traffic data
    • Accurate route searches
    • Satellite view
    • Street view

    Google Maps Navigation is expected to be available on Verizon's Droid smartphone when it is released on November 6.