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EXPANDED: Google Maps Navigation now available for Android 1.6 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 24.11.09 - 10:51:29 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 11236x
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A few weeks ago, together with the launch of Motorola's Droid (the first available Android 2.0/Eclair smartphone), Google launched Google Maps Navigation (Beta) as a free feature of Google Maps Mobile on Android 2.0 devices. And now, Google expands the availability of Google Maps Navigation to (all) devices running Android 1.6/Donut and higher, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1, but also with the HTC Hero and Tattoo. Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected off-board GPS system with voice guidance and automatic rerouting, all running on your smartphone phone.

Using Google services over your phone's data connection brings important benefits to GPS navigation users, like using Google search (typed or spoken) to enter your destination; fresh map, business and traffic data; and satellite and Street View imagery along your route.

This release also includes the new Layers feature, which lets you overlay geographical information on the map. View My Maps, transit lines, Wikipedia articles about places and more.

If you have a phone running Android 1.6, you can download an updated version of Google Maps from Android Market to use Navigation today. Google Maps Navigation is in beta and is currently available in the United States only. Some features of Android 2.0 are not available on Android 1.6, for example, the ability to use the "navigate to" voice command as shown in Google's demo video. However, you can still create a shortcut that will allow you to launch Navigation and start getting directions to a specific place from your current location with just a single touch from your home screen.

Cheers ~ Arne

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