Google has just announced the inclusion of Google Maps Navigation for the next version of Android mobile phone OS.
It’s Google sat nav for your Android phone, and it looks pretty mind blowing. Unlike existing sat nav applications like TomTom which can easily cost you £60 or more. This bad boy is FREE.
Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance. It is part of Google Maps for mobile and is available for phones with Android 2.0.
Google Maps Navigation uses your phone’s internet connection to give you the latest maps and business data. On top of the usual turn by turn navigation and voice guidance, it also comes with these exciting features.
- Search in plain English – No need to know the address. You can type a business name or even a kind of a business, just like you would on Google.
- Search by voice – Speak your destination instead of typing (English only): “Navigate to the de Young Museum in San Francisco”.
- Traffic view – An on-screen indicator glows green, yellow, or red based on the current traffic conditions along your route. A single touch toggles a traffic view which shows the traffic ahead of you.
- Search along route – Search for any kind of business along your route, or turn on popular layers such as gas stations, restaurants, or parking.
- Satellite view – View your route overlaid on 3D satellite views with Google’s high-resolution aerial imagery.
- Street View – Visualize turns overlaid on Google’s Street View imagery. Navigation automatically switches to Street View as you approach your destination.
- Car dock mode – For certain devices, placing your phone in a car dock activates a special mode that makes it easy to use your device at arm’s length.
Watch the video of this bad boy sat nav and screen shots after the break.