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.