After a long wait Google Maps Navigation has finally arrived in Australia and New Zealand. This app alone will no doubt make a lot more people in Australia consider Android for their next phone.
Based on my own tests I’ve found the navigation software to be very accurate. Searching and finding an address is fast and precise. The only thing I don’t like about the software is the annoying voice that provides the directions. It sounds way too high pitched and robot like for my ears. Hopefully Google changes this soon or at least provides an alternative.
Google Maps Navigation also supports voice search allowing you to spend less time physically interacting with the phone. I don’t know if it’s just me but I find the voice search feature not accurate enough to be useful. I’m sure this will improve with future updates though.
All in all Google Maps Navigation a great piece of software, even if it wasn’t free. It’s certainly going to hurt the sales of paid navigation apps such as CoPilot Live, Aura GPS Navigation and Destinator.
This latest version of Google Maps Navigation, 4.7, supports smartphones running Android 1.6 or higher. To download or update search for Google Maps in the Android Market on your phone.