Google simplifies GPS navigation for Android 2.0 smartphones

Google has announced its Maps Navigation beta for Android 2.0 devices. The application, which supports hands-free voice searches, offers 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting.

“Since 2005, millions of people have relied on Google Maps for mobile to get directions on the go. However, there’s always been one problem: once you’re behind the wheel, a list of driving directions just isn’t that easy to use,” explained Google software engineer Keith Ito.

“It doesn’t tell you when your turn is coming up. And if you miss a turn? Forget it, you’re on your own.”

According to Ito, the Navigation app provides users with seven advanced features, including:

  • Updated maps and business data
  • Flexible search options
  • Live traffic data
  • Accurate route searches
  • Satellite view
  • Street view

Google Maps Navigation is expected to be available on Verizon’s Droid smartphone when it is released on November 6.