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Available on Android devices with OS 1.6 and upwards, Google Maps Navigation brings free sat nav to your phone

Google Maps Navigation Review

by on April 23, 2010

Those pesky Americans. Not only are they responsible for that annoying reality show Jersey Shore, they get all the best Android apps before us.

Luckily, one of the better ones has finally arrived in the UK in the form of Google Maps Navigation. That’s right, you can now get free sat nav on your humble Android device.

The app works in a similar way as your – expensive – sat nav device. Switch on the turn-by-turn directions and your phone’s GPS and gets to work plotting a journey for you.

The voice used is not as slick as the one you find on a TomTom, in places it’s a touch robotic but at least it is a female robot.

If you fancy stopping off on the way to your destination, Google (or Lady Google as we like to call the voice) will point out restaurants in the area and things like petrol stations.

To make sure you are not using your phone while driving, there is a new Dock mode, which you guessed it allows the phone to be used in the dock.

Although you will have to buy a dock and car charger for your phone separately, the app points to a future where devices will now tell you where to go for free!

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