MapQuest is joining forces with Android in its quest for world domination... Or at least helping you navigate through the world you want to dominate. MapQuest (full disclosure: Aol owns MapQuest and us) has released its new Android App with free voice-guided navigation.
The new features include international functionality, error-reporting and open-source mapping, which is made possible by OpenStreetMap. For those unfamiliar, OSM is built by users and the data they return to the servers is added to a "living" map. The rest will function much like its iPhone counterpart.
The biggest changes come in the form of new ways for drivers to interact with the app, including voice search – something that's been hit or miss in the past. The app has extended functionality for both walking and driving directions, along with traffic information that updates every five minutes with full accident and incident reports. You can go and grab your copy today at the Android Marketplace.
Free MapQuest for Android App Launches With Voice-guided Navigation
New Features Include International Functionality, Error-reporting and Open-source Mapping
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL), today launches its free MapQuest for AndroidTM app for the 18.2 million domestic Android phone users*. The new app features the same award-winning technology MapQuest previously issued for iPhone with major additions including OpenStreetMap (OSM) data that allows consumers to use the app internationally, as well as directly report errors onto the map.
"MapQuest's Android™ app speaks to our mission of offering smart, accurate mobile mapping solutions, and reflects our commitment to open map information that can be shared and improved collaboratively"
"MapQuest's Android™ app speaks to our mission of offering smart, accurate mobile mapping solutions, and reflects our commitment to open map information that can be shared and improved collaboratively," said Michael Iams, principal product manager, MapQuest. "Our mission is to help people get where they need to go, and MapQuest's new Android app will make available to millions of consumers a great mobile turn-by-turn experience specifically for Android."
Some 8.6 million people use MapQuest's mobile website, 1.4 million of which are on Android devices**. Nationwide, 234 million people use mobile phones and 85.3 million of them use mobile web capabilities***. Additionally, recent market studies indicate Android is the No. 2 selling smartphone across the globe.****
MapQuest for Android
The MapQuest for Android app is free and does not require a trial period, subscription or upgrade. Features include:
* Voice-guided/Turn-by-turn Navigation: The phone speaks directions regarding where and when to make a turn
* Voice Search: Drivers can speak the desired destination for search and directions
* Map Toolbar: Easily find restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations and parking with one click
* Walking & Driving Directions: Recommends the best route and rotates the map based on orientation of travel
* Live Traffic Flow/Incidents: Extensive coverage updated every 5 minutes
In its new Android app, MapQuest leverages OpenStreetMap data to provide international maps and directions, user-sourced unique local perspective and detail, and the opportunity to enrich the map through the error-reporting tool.
"We are thrilled to launch international capabilities on the MapQuest for Android application," said Christian Dwyer, senior vice president and general manager, MapQuest. "For maps and directions outside North America, we default to a navigation experience on open data, allowing MapQuest users to play an active role in improving the depth and quality of the map."
The new Android app is available today in both Android's web-based market place and the mobile marketplace. MapQuest launched its acclaimed iPhone app, MapQuest for Mobile, in July 2010. More information on MapQuest's mobile offerings is available at wireless.MapQuest.com.