We live in a day where cell technology is nearly foolproof—until your cell drops the signal. Then you're screwed. But Google Maps may change this hard fact of life as early as this summer.
I'll gladly drive out of my way to avoid the soul-crushing agony of bumper to bumper traffic, and that's just what a new beta for the Google Maps Navigation Android app will show me how to do. From now on, the first set of directions it spits out will be the fastest in current conditions, so if everyone's gawking at…
Maybe you commute. Maybe you travel. Maybe you just like to drive. In any case, smartphone apps are key—and not just for navigation.
One moment it's a phone in your hand. The next, it's a full-fledged turn-by-turn nav unit with an active internet connection. What happened? These apps, is what.
Google Maps Navigation will be part of Android 2.0, and Android 2.0 is expected to come to most—if not all—Android handsets on the market eventually, so given how complicated this hack is (fairly!), and that it requires a rooted phone, it'd be prudent for most folks to just wait this out. That said, there's no saying…
Think of this week's round of announcements as Android's débutante ball. She's gone from a lovable ragamuffin to a mature OS that's ready for the spotlight. With Android 2.0, Motorola Droid and Google Maps Navigation, she stole our hearts.
Google's free turn-by-turn navigation for Maps is the news this morning, and even in Beta, they got a lot right. It has Google tech, like Street View and satellite imagery, and even voice-powered search. Here's what you need to know.