Google launch free sat-nav for Irish users

Google's navigation software will work on all Android 1.6 handsets and above

Google's navigation software will work on all Android 1.6 handsets and above

Google has today released the beta version of its free turn-by-turn navigation software for the Irish market. The software – which was previously available to US users only – will work on Android handsets with a version number of 1.6 or higher.

Unlike other sat-nav services Google Maps navigation uses the phone’s internet connection to give users the latest maps, business and traffic information available. This means the software does not have to be manually updated but it also means a data package is required to use it.

Besides full turn-by-turn navigation Google’s software also allows for voice and “plain English” searching, as well as a number of display types; like satellite and traffic view.

This announcement will be another blow to dedicated sat-nav companies like TomTom and Garmin who are already dealing with similar free software being available on Nokia handsets. For its part Apple purchased a mapping company last year and many believe it will eventually offer its own free sat-nav service to iPhone owners.

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