September 2, 2014

Android 1.6 Gets Google Maps Navigation

google-maps-navigation-layersOne of the coolest features and improvements in Android 2.0, Google Maps Navigation, is now available for devices running Android 1.6 (Donut).  All you G1 and myTouch 3G owners are now able to take advantage of  voice guided directions and automatic rerouting.

Using your data connection, Google Maps Navigation turns your phone into full-featured GPS unit with constantly updated maps and content.  The new Layers feature allows users to overlay information such as transit lines, Wikipedia, Latitude, and routes created using My Tracks.

If you have Android 1.6 on your phone, head to the Android Market and download the latest version of Google Maps!  Just remember kids, the app is in beta.  One feature from Android 2.0 that did not make the cut is the ability to use commands like  “navigate to”.  On the other hand, you can still create shortcuts on your desktop with destinations.  Enter your home address in one and make it so that no matter where you are, you can always hit 1 button and get turn-by-turn directions home!

EDITOR NOTE: This article was originally intended for publication on November 23rd, but do to scheduled server maintenance, we pushed it back.   We realize that this might not be breaking news to you, but we felt obligated to report it nonetheless.