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Google turn-by-turn navigation now available for Android 1.6 phones

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Google turn-by-turn navigation now available for Android 1.6 phones
Google has launched an app on the Android Market that allows those with phones powered by Android OS 1.6 or higher to have the same turn by turn navigation seen on the Motorola DROID and other phones that will be released with Android OS 2.0. Actually, the app will not have some of the advanced voice features seen on the Android 2.0 version, but does come with voice guidance, traffic info, satellite and Street View images and Layers. According to the report in RWW, while the app is supposed to work only in the U.S., some have been able to hack their phone to allow the app to work anywhere in the world.

source: Google via RWW

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Pretty cool. When is it coming to iPhone?

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 15:02

2. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


never.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 15:40

7. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


doubt it

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 01:10

20. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I thought Google mentioned this is only going to be available just for Android. Anyone know where that article is? To me that would make sense... Why would they give up an exclusive feature to there competitors? Wouldn't make sense.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 15:03

3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i love google maps, for my droid it's awesome, i sold my garmin on ebay.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 15:03

4. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


So the Droid isn't that special?

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 15:07

5. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


yes it's awesome. definitley an iphone killer, imo.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 15:20

6. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


I don't know about that, Very responsive and pretty fast, but the only thing that I have a hang up is the slider keyboard. Me likes them touchscreens! (and before you start, I know you can use the touchscreen as a keboard on the droid, but that's besides the point) and my Instinct s30 suits me fine! :)

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 16:55

11. Mayday3420 (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


So having an extra option on a phone that some people would use and some wouldn't yet still doesn't inhibit the use of the phone at all is bothersome? Damn motorola for giving this phone too many options... how dare they?!

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 17:14

12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i can type super fast on my droid.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 17:41

13. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Why should someone carry the extra weight, hold the extra thickness, pay for the extra parts if they don't plan on using it? If I don't like keyboards, I would enjoy the lighter weight, thinness, and cheaper price. That's why someone preople choose small cars over SUVs. They don't need/like/don't want to pay for the extra stuff. But I don't have a Droid, so it doesn't really matter.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 18:17

14. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


Yes, I would say it is. I don't have anything against the Droid. Just stated that I like the touch screens only, aren't I entitled to my opinion? Some people put A1 on their steaks and some don't. Different Strokes for Different Folks.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 18:26

15. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


I don't have the Droid either, My co-worker has the Droid and I've had the chance to see what it can do as stated before it's responsive and very fast. Just the keyboard me no likes.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 19:02

16. Mayday3420 (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


MY GOD people are babies. you can't lift that much weight without crying? and you think that is the only extra thing you're paying for on the droid? I swear a phone that has this much stuff and people complain it has too much stuff. MAN UP PEOPLE!!!!

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 20:49

18. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


Hey the HTC HD2 tickles my fancy, and from what I hear its a little heavier than the Droid, nothing wrong with not liking the slideout keyboards. never said i was paying extra,for anything. Duuude! Droid is not all that you know.. sheesh people lighten up!

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 21:11

19. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Hey, I don't have a Droid. I'm never going to buy one. I don't care at all for the phone. I was just giving an example. What idiot would but a phone with a keyboard knowing they will never use it? Why would you buy a ten bedroom house if you only plan on using one? Simple. That's the point I was trying to make. Open your mind.

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 16:29

8. xmguy1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Nov 2009)


I wonder this will available on WM phones at sometime!?

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 16:41

9. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


never

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 16:41

10. E.N. (Posts: 2323; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Just kidding, I don't know

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 20:44

17. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


That's one thing about WinMo, it's usually just a matter of time before someone found a way to do similar things on it.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 07:59

21. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)


I hope the Eris gets an update to 2.0 so that I could enjoy Google Nav.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:43

22. PDXMatt (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Feb 2007)


Wonder if Telenav is pissed.

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