One of the main features that interested me in the Nexus One was turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation.
Almost all the features in the Nexus One have some level of voice support, and the navigation is no different. You can say things like “navigate to wagon wheel skate center” and it will guide you there. Obviously, it hooks into Google Maps, so there is no need to worry about purchasing updated maps for your car’s GPS. (You need only to be concerned with Internet access). It can also tap into traffic updates, letting you know if a particular route is congested, and suggest alternatives.
Yup: en route you can modify your path based on live traffic updates to determine which will be the quickest route.
For those who’ve been spoiled with a library of voices for their in-car GPS, the standard voice provided may be a bit disappointing. I also was quite surprised the system hadn’t learned that “Ft” on a highway sign should be pronounced “Fort” rather than “phht”. Overall, however, I was content enough with the service to claim that I really had little need for a different GPS device for my vehicle.
Google Maps Navigation is still in beta, but it is available for the latest Android phones.
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