Official: Turn-by-turn navigation hitting Google Maps with Android 2.0 [Video]

by Hero on October 28, 2009

in Applications, GPS, Video

Google Maps NavigationOkay, who knows when we might see Android Éclair (2.0) on our HTC Hero handsets, but this bit of news has us very excited (and probably most satnav companies very frightened). Google has officially announced the Beta of Google Maps Navigation that will hit handsets running Android 2.0.

All of the core features that you’d find in any half-decent GPS device is here. There is turn-by-turn voice guidance, automatic rerouting as well as 3D views. However, Google will also tap into the phone’s internet connection to deliver even more.

This includes always using up to date maps, searching by business or landmark, search by voice (great if you’re driving!), access to live traffic data as well as satellite and street views. The first (lucky) handset to received Google Maps Navigation is the Verizon Droid that was announced today. Hopefully, us HTC Hero users aren’t too far behind! Check out a video of Google Maps Navigation in action after the break.

Update: Also check out a demonstration of Google Maps Navigation in action from VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra after the break.

Via Engadget.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nick Soper October 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Looks great, and seems to run great too on the Droid.

Here’s hoping it runs well enough on the millions of 528mhz phones out there, including our Heros! :(

2 zetroc817TX October 31, 2009 at 1:09 AM

I keep reading about this on the Verizon phone. By saying all android powered phones… is including the g2 mytouch???

3 Ross November 1, 2009 at 6:34 PM


Can’t wait for this……
But if anybody could tell me how to use voice navigation with Google Maps on the Hero I would appreciate it big time.

4 scott patton December 14, 2009 at 3:38 AM

to ross diddo i know man my nephew has the droid he put google maps on my htc hero its awesome but where is the sound to it?

5 Dawid August 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I am alsow missing Voice on my Htc Wildfire : help plz

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