Up until today, the only places you could expect to see Google Maps Navigation to work completely was in the US and UK
, but thankfully it's being rolled out to additional countries. No longer will you need to stick to the confines of those two countries to check out Google's free turn-by-turn navigational service that's been sinking its teeth straight into the hearts of traditional standalone GPS makers. The countries that are now included in the party are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Sure it's only a small fraction of the countries around the world, but it does significantly increases its reach potential among the growing user base of Android. Google Maps Navigation version 4.2
is now available in the Android Market to all Android 1.6 and up smartphones for free. So if you happen to be traveling to any one of the countries listed, you can now leave that GPS at home and rely on Google Maps Navigation – just make sure you have a decent international data plan kicked on for good measure. Either that or somehow find a way to constantly be connected to Wi-Fi at all times.