Google simplifies GPS navigation for Android 2.0 smartphones

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

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.

Android 2.0 Beta Google Maps Navigation

"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

Maps Navigation Google Android 2.0

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