• Oct 28, 2009
Click above to view the video after the jump

If you've been following today's news in the mobile gadget world, you've already heard about the Motorola Droid smartphone powered by the latest version of Google's open-source Android operating system. It's a pretty slick setup, particularly with the new 2.0 OS, but the bigger news (to us) is Google's announcement that it's offering a free, turn-by-turn navigation system built around its popular mobile Maps program.

Available on the Droid (and future Android 2.0 devices), the system features all the functionality of Google Maps -- integrated search by location or business, traffic data, etc. -- but now includes voice-guided directions, satellite and street views (yay!), layers and the ability to search for points-of-interest along the chose route. A dock will be available to mount the device on your windshield and in addition to typing your destination, it also accepts voice searches. Yes, Garmin and TomTom have something to worry about.

Make the jump for a video covering all the features of the new system, and be prepared to pony up $199 for the Motorola Droid (on contract) when it goes on sale November 6th through Verizon. If you're looking for all the latest news on the device and Android 2.0, there's a site for that.

UPDATE: Hands-on video of the system in action added.

[Source: Google]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Did you guys see the stock price for Garmin and TomTom this morning? Today's word is tanking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lineardrag-Right, but the NuviFone was supposed to launch in 07. Due to being delayed so many times, it's now not even competative, overpriced, (4.99 a month on TOP of your regular cell/data plan for "added location based services" besides the GPS????) and has no 3rd party app support.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell has that guy been smoking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is very slick. I only wish they offered a bit more memory. I like the idea of only having one device for phone, nav, and music, but 16 gigs ain't gonna cut it. Give us at least 60 please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's expandable up to 32GB. To me, that really should be more than enough for a PHONE. There's still a reason of existence for dedicated media players.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are they using GPS or WIFI for that service?
      I often notice that Google maps get outdated quickly.
      For me, TomTom navigation is more reliable, although it ain't free.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow looks very slick, I love how technology is advancing so quickly. We have so much information at our fingertips.

      http://www.tunedperception.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will this new Google mobile maps work on iphone or is it only a Android feature?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is indeed coming to the iPhone. Since it will be integrated into the iPhone OS, they are collaborating with Apple.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only Android.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice app to say the least. Would love to see it for other platforms including iPhone but what I really hope for is the day when automobile manufactures completely abandon DVD based or proprietary navigation systems for this in their built in management interfaces in their vehicles.

      Integrating this into the overall MMI, iDrive, Synch (well okay not Synch since this is Google) would be a thing of beauty. Especially from the live update perspective of things.
      • 5 Years Ago
      you can tell that's an up-to-date map because fenway is empty for the postseason.

      ever since google got into the mobile os market this was bound to happen. i'm sure the best is yet to come from google--picture real-time augmented reality navigators.
      • 5 Years Ago
      glad I didn't buy the tom tom app...
      • 5 Years Ago
      hopefully this will give TomTom something to think about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In all honesty, this makes the Android handsets a steal. Looking for do-it-most smart phone + navigation system? Save $150 by buying an Android handset from your provider of choice for $150.

        • 5 Years Ago
        True, there is a monthly fee for the phone/data service, but if you've purchased an Android phone, you're paying that already even if you don't use Navigation. The "steal" savings part is the not having to pony up ANOTHER $150 for a different device.

        Unless you're one of those guys without a cell phone, or need for one, in which case it's probably better just to get a navigation system for a one-time fee.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the verizon ones charge extra for the map plans. I'm not sure if they will with the android.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think most of them require a monthly service fee.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have an old crappy phone and my contract is up in 7 months... I will probably be getting Android instead of an IPHONE.

        • 5 Years Ago
        You should. Android phones are generally better than the iphone. The fact that the G1 is still able to compete with the 3GS is testament to how good the Operating System is.
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