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

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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22 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Pretty cool. When is it coming to iPhone?

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

never.

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

doubt it

20. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

4. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

So the Droid isn't that special?

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

6. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 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! :)

11. Mayday3420

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 11, 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?!

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i can type super fast on my droid.

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

14. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

15. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

16. Mayday3420

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 11, 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!!!!

18. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

8. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

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

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

never

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Just kidding, I don't know

17. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

21. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

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

22. PDXMatt

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 26, 2007

Wonder if Telenav is pissed.

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