Mapquest has released a free, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation app for Android. The new app differs in a couple ways from its older iPhone sibling. Most significantly it takes advantage of Android's speech capabilities and includes OpenStreetMap data, which allows the app to be used outside the US and results in some enhanced local mapping within the US.
Like the iPhone app, users can search for businesses or points of interest by keyword or category. They can also browse by using icons at the bottom of the screen (pictured above). Each business profile page features rich content and the ability to call or navigate to a business. Some of the data on these pages are from IAC's CityGrid.
The following are the major features of the app:
- Voice-guided/Turn-by-turn Navigation: The phone speaks directions regarding where and when to make a turn
- Voice Search: Drivers can speak the desired destination for search and directions
- Map Toolbar: Easily find restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations and parking with one click
- Walking & Driving Directions: Recommends the best route and rotates the map based on orientation of travel
- Live Traffic Flow/Incidents: Extensive coverage updated every 5 minutes
MapQuest's GM Christian Dwyer said that it has seen "millions of downloads" and is used "at least at parity" with Google's mapping app on the Apple device. Beyond this, Mapquest reports that 8.6 million people use Mapquest's mobile site, 1.4 million of whom are on Android handsets.
Android users can get the app by scanning the QR code, or use the link below:
Download From: Android Market
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