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Google Maps on Android Gets Walking Navigation Feature

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Google has announced an update for Google Maps on Android, taking it up to version 4.5.

The update combines Android’s navigation feature with walking directions, so you can use your phone to direct you via GPS as you walk along. You can also now just use Street View to navigate, dragging the ‘Pegman’ icon from the corner of the screen and moving it where you wish to go, without having to tap on the arrows on the street.

Google also said that the software will now show you which way you are pointing and that users can navigate via voice guidance or just have the phone vibrate when users need to make a turn.

As with all proper Google features, users can rest assured that the Walking Navigation is a beta and advises users to pay attention to road signs so as not to walk somewhere they shouldn't, such as off a cliff, or into Bracknell.

The new update is available to all phones running Android 1.6 or above. To get the full update users will have to download separate update both for Google Maps and for Street View from the Android Market.

Google Maps Navigation is a key feature that Android phones offer that is not available on the iPhone, and despite rumours ealier in the year than it could arrive on Android rival platform nothing has materialised.

Link: Google Android Blog.

PGrGr

September 13, 2010, 5:15 pm

"Google also said that the software will not show you which way you are pointing..."





"Now," not "not", note!

Chris

September 13, 2010, 5:32 pm

Google "advises uses {sic} to pay attention to road signs so as not to walk somewhere they shouldn't, such as off a cliff, or into Bracknell."





Very droll. This has happened already, btw:


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec...

snoop 7

September 13, 2010, 5:52 pm

"Google also said that the software will not show you which way you are pointing"





Will "not" show ? How is that a selling point unless it's a typo and you meant "now" :)

iain coghill

September 13, 2010, 6:49 pm

In the same update google have also decided to put access to the search, layers and my-location features, all previously menu options, onto a grey bar across the top of the screen. This is very effective at reducing the area available to show what you opened the app for, i.e. maps. One step forward, one step back.

Chris

September 13, 2010, 8:11 pm

@iain coghill: Just installed it, I can see what you mean. If Google add something that uses screen real estate they should at least give you the option to switch it off. Not all of us have 4.3in screens with room to spare...

Soul

September 14, 2010, 7:10 pm

no offline mode... and no option to download maps.... once they do this google navigation will be one of the most brilliant bits of free software... tbh i wouldn't mind paying 99 pence... :P

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