If you run Android 1.6 "Donut" on your phone you will be delighted that Google has released thier new version of Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation for these devices. After seeing the images of Google Maps Navigation on Android 2.0 "Eclair" you can now use it also!
According to Google:
If you have a phone running Android 1.6, you can download an updated version of Google Maps from Android Market to use Navigation today. Google Maps Navigation is in beta and is currently available in the United States. Some features of Android 2.0 are not available on Android 1.6, for example, the ability to use the "navigate to" voice command as shown in our demo video.
Note: Google Maps Navigation currently only works in the USA!
Google Maps Navigation is the newest navigation software what is available for the Android 2.0 "Eclair" users. It is an internet-connected navigation system which uses the maps of Google Maps, which makes sense... Is has voice guidance, traffic view, satellite view and more.
We have to notice you that Google Maps Navigation beta is currently only available in the United States. Google Maps Navigation will also be released for the iPhone.
Nav4All is a free Turn-by-Turn navigation system, just like AndNav2, it uses continues internet connection to refresh its map. Nav4All uses the maps of NAVTEQ and is available for Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry. There are 56 languages and 101 voices that can be installed so the most languages are included.
Nav4All is a lightweight application which is pretty quick in use. The routes are planned nice and the most optimal. It also uses the internal GPS antenna, if the phone has one, or it will use a external. You can manage favorites like in any other navigation app, like Sygic or AndNav2.
AndNav2 is a free Turn-by-Turn navigation application for Google Android. AndNav2 is based on the free map dataprobider OpenStreetMap (OSM). So it can provide real-time audible turn-by-turn navigation. AndNav2 has also some unique features such as Text-2-Speech, TpegML Traffic feeds and more. While using AndNav2 it will also contribute back GPS traces to the OSM project when you have driven a unknown route.
Because AndNav2 is a free navigation application it is one of the greatest available on this moment. But the biggest consequence is that is uses continues internet connection. Click on Read more for further information.
Sygic for Android is a very fast and good turn-by-turn navigation software.
The single package installer has versions for Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices and an activation key is provided via email for the version you choose at checkout. You'll need a fast connection or patience to download the 2Gb installer package but this is available as a .exe for Windows users or a .zip for other operating systems.
Sygic's Android implementation of Mobile Maps provides full turn-by-turn navigation as well as auto-rotate between landscape and portrait modes and auto-resume after an incoming call. With 44 countries covered, full voice navigation, 7-digit PostCode support, speed cameras, lane assist this is a fully featured solution that should benefit from the multi-tasking abilities of Android.
We'll be testing the new release over the next few days but in the meantime, Sygic have extended a 10% Early Bird discount to PocketGPSWorld customers.