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Google Maps on Android Gets Satnav

David Murphy

Google has launched Google Maps With Navigation (Beta) for phones running Android 1.6 and above.

Google Maps With Navigation (Beta) is an Internet-connected GPS navigation (satnav) system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps for phones running Android 1.6 and above. The application uses the phone's Internet connection to deliver the latest maps and business data.  Users don’t need to buy map upgrades or manually update their device because they are always served the most recent data from Google Maps.

Key features include Search by voice to find your destination; the most recent maps, businesses and live traffic from Google Maps; and street-level and satellite views. The traffic view has an onscreen indicator that glows green, yellow, or red based on the current traffic conditions along the route. A single touch on the indicator toggles a traffic view that shows the traffic ahead.

Google Maps with Navigation (Beta) is available now on Android Market.

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