Part of the debut of Android 2.0 was the launch of Google’s new navigation service. This is also now available for phones running Android 1.6, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the T-Mobile G1.
Google has offered free mapping software for a wide variety of smartphones for years. This is now being turned into a full-fledged navigation app, using the GPS and cellular-wireless connections included in many smartphones.
Google Maps Navigation offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions and automatic rerouting. The phone’s data connection brings access to Google search (typed or spoken) to enter the destination; updated map, business, and traffic data; and satellite and Street View imagery along the route.
Some features of the Android 2.0 version are not available on Android 1.6, including the ability to use the “navigate to” voice command.
Pricing and Availability
Google Maps Navigation is free, both to download and use.
Those who have a phone running Android 1.6 can download an updated version of this software from Android Market now.
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