Looking for a FREE GPS navigation “smartphone app” for Android and iPhone? Google introduced a free, turn-by-turn GPS navigation application for the new Android 2.0 smart phone platform. I’ve personally had an opportunity to experiment Google Maps GPS navigation on a couple of occasions and found it to be very useful. Compared to commercial brands such as Garmin, Magellan and Tom Tom, Android Google Maps smartphone app matches feature-by-feature, turn-by-turn voice guide, and real-time traffic update. This is one of the must-have smartphone available for Android 2.0 and above.
Google’s announcement for it’s Google Maps GPS Navigation is:
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.
Among the features included in the application:
- Up-to-date map data: Automatically includes latest map data from Google, which is constantly being refined by Google and by users submitting corrections
- Plain English search: Locate destinations by entering business business name or landmark; no address needed
- Voice search: Speak destinations and Google Maps Navigation will automatically interpret and plot routes
- Live traffic data: Indicator warns of upcoming traffic issues
- Search along route: Find businesses along path of travel
- Satellite view: 3D view of route to aid in understanding directions
- Street View: first-person perspective of route and destination images
Here is the video demo of Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) GPS Google Navigation & Google Maps Test.