Google's voice-guided GPS navigation service is now available in India. The new feature enables travelers to get turn-by-turn GPS navigation to a destination on Google Maps through voice commands. So far, Google Maps only had passive navigation service. The feature is available as part of Google Maps for Android for free.
It's notable that Google's Maps with Navigation is in Beta phase right now. The updated Google Maps features detailed maps with 3D buildings, driving, public transit, biking, and walking directions, live traffic information, local search and business reviews. To download Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), click here.
GPS-based navigation services are highly popular among smartphone and tablet users across the world. Back in India, there are very few options for such navigation services. Right now Nokia, TomTom and MapmyIndia are some of the companies in the country providing the navigation services.
There are some third part apps such as Waze that are available for both iOS and Android devices as well. But they are not considered as accurate as Google Maps or Nokia Maps. Apple is also working on its Maps service, which is expected to launch with the iPhone 5.
The new voice-guided GPS navigation feature comes shortly after Google updated its Maps, adding suggested routes and departure times for more than 1 million public transit stops across the world. Google also added indoor directions for navigation.
Meanwhile, check out more about Google Maps with Navigation (Beta) in the video below: