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Canada & Europe latest to get Google Maps Navigation beta

Canada & Europe latest to get Google Maps Navigation beta

Google Maps Navigation is now available for Canadian Android device users, as well as spreading across much of Europe, the next stage in the search giant's roll-out having brought the beta to the UK back in April.  Android device owners in Germany, France and Italy are among the European users granted Navigation functionality, which includes voice control and spoken turn-by-turn directions.

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Google Maps Navigation headed to iPhone & other platforms

Google Maps Navigation headed to iPhone & other platforms

The launch of Google Maps Navigation on UK Android 1.6 and 2.x handsets this week could be just the beginning of the software's spread, according to the company's spokespersons.  They confirmed that Google intends to push the free turn-by-turn app to other platforms, including Apple's iPhone OS, though they declined to give a definitive timescale for the launch.  Hugo Barra, director of mobile products at Google, described the navigation market as having "been stagnant for a while" and in need of Google's "innovating".

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Google Maps Navigation hack blocked outside of US

Google Maps Navigation hack blocked outside of US

Google appear to have closed off the loophole that allowed users of Android smartphones to access the Google Maps Navigation beta outside of the US.  Tutorials explaining how to unlock the software - which was announced back in October - appeared in late November, and showed how workarounds for Google's location limitations could enable the turn-by-turn navigation for users in the rest of the world.  Unfortunately a software update for Google Maps on Android this weekend appears to have cut off those workarounds.

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Android 1.6 phones get Google Maps Navigation beta

Android 1.6 phones get Google Maps Navigation beta

Google has obviously tired of waiting for handset manufacturers to push out Android 2.0 to existing handsets before users can play with the Google Maps Navigation beta, and as such has released the turn-by-turn software for Android 1.6 devices.  Available now in the Android Market, Google Maps Navigation for Android 1.6 delivers the same topographical layers, voice guidance and automatic rerouting as we found so useful on the Motorola DROID.

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Google Maps Navigation beta for Android 2.0: turn-by-turn, Car UI, more [Video]

Google Maps Navigation beta for Android 2.0: turn-by-turn, Car UI, more [Video]

Google have announced the latest evolution of Google Maps for mobile, and life for standalone PND apps just got a whole lot harder.  Android 2.0 devices - such as the Verizon Droid by Motorola - now have access to Google Maps Navigation Beta, a turn-by-turn navigation application that supports voice guidance, search-by-voice and automatic re-routing complete with traffic information.

Video demo after the cut

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Apple ditched Google Maps due to lack of turn-by-turn navigation

Apple ditched Google Maps due to lack of turn-by-turn navigation

This whole Apple Maps and Google Maps fiasco has gotten pretty crazy. After iOS users found out that the new Apple Maps pretty much sucked, they were left wondering why Apple ditched Google Maps in the first place. Many believed it had to with the crumbling relationship between the two companies, but it turns out the answer is as simple as it gets: Apple left Google Maps because it didn't have turn-by-turn navigation.

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