Android 2.0 Provides a Free Google Maps Navigation Feature


What has Google done with Android 2.0 that’s making mobile reviewers squeal in delight? Simple: Google has added free Google Maps Navigation GPS software to its new Android operating system (OS). The Droid is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps.  The service is powered by Google and connected to the Internet—also, this free navigation feature is constantly updated, providing the most recent maps, so the driver can avoid road blocks, traffic accidents and road construction in their local area.

To activate the “voice shortcut,” just simply say “Navigate to [your destination]” and Google Maps will respond, sending you on your way views of live traffic and street views all produced via satellite. Also, the Droid can now search along the route for upcoming businesses, gas stations and restaurants that won’t take you too far off your desired course.

If the Droid makes it big with consumers [like Google, Verizon, and Motorola hope it will], this navigation feature will pose a seriously threat to companies like TomTom and Garmin who specialize and charge for the same service.