Today we’re excited to announce the next step for Google Maps for mobile: Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android 2.0 devices.
This new feature comes with everything you’d expect to find in a GPS navigation system, like 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone’s Internet connection.
Garmin stockholders may be shaking in their boots because big bad Google has released a free version of their product; but the little G has the same advantage over the big G that Apple has over Microsoft–they control their hardware. This means they can offer a better user experience, which as Apple has just shown again, may be all that matters.
This does raise a good question that many a navigation software company may be asking themselves today: What do you do when Google enters your market?