Did you know: Google launched turn-by-turn directions in Maps six years ago

Right about six years ago, the world war rocking Android 2.0 and Google was about to unveil one of the biggest features in its staple Google Mаps application.

The feature was turn-by-turn voice navigation that would allow you to use your phone to complete replace the previously ubiquitous satellite navigation systems from companies like Garmin and TomTom.

It was about to debut at about the same time as the first truly popular Android phone got introduced: the original Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless.

"This new feature comes with everything you’d expect to find in a GPS navigation system, like 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone’s Internet connection," Google said in an official statement at the time.

For a look back in time, check out our news article where we first wrote about the new navigation features for Google Maps, as well as at that first promo video right below.



6. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I'm getting old

4. Metropolis75

Posts: 200; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I using VZ Navigator on my LG Dare and thought it was pretty good. When I got my Droid X I dropped Navigator that week because Maps was so much better and was free.

3. crusher

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

I think even Nokia navigator had turn by turn voic navigation as early as 2008

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah but its was not updated in real time with traffic info ect. Google was the first to bring this innovation to the table and its was working right when its came out unlike some other provider who failed miserably at first.

1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I remember when VZ navigator first came out in 2005. I happened to be in the store on day 1 and got it. It was a $10/month addition to my bill, but was awesome. Needless to say this was just on a flip phone, which made it more amazing. It worked so well. A buddy and I went to Birmingham, AL to see an AMA superbike race and didn't take a map with us lol. It seemed so risky at the time to not have those MapQuest directions printed out.

2. Brewski

Posts: 739; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I used to use VZ navigator to get to service apointments as a computer repair technician. Then I got the Droid X in 2010 and I switched to Google Maps because I didn't have to pay the $10/month.

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