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Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android 1.6+ Reaches South Africa

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android 1.6 and above is now available in South Africa, and it includes everything you’d expect from a GPS navigation system – turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting – and more.

Unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone’s Internet connection.

Features includes:

  • Satellite view: Google Maps Navigation uses the same satellite imagery as Google Maps on the desktop to help you get to your destination. Turn on the satellite layer for a high-resolution, 3D view of your upcoming route.
  • No more updates: When using Google Maps Navigation, your phone automatically gets the most up-to-date maps and business listings from Google Maps — you never need to buy map upgrades or update your device.
  • Where are we going? Why type when you can just say it instead? You can speak your destination into Google Maps using Voice Search.
  • Search as you go… For those times when you’re already on the road and need to find a business, Google Maps Navigation searches along your route to give you results that won’t take you far from your path. You can search for a specific business by name or by type, or you can turn on popular layers, such as petrol stations, restaurants or parking.
  • Street View: With Street View, you can see pictures of upcoming turns with your route overlaid. And since locating an address can sometimes be tricky, we’ll show you a picture of your destination as you approach the end of your route, so you’ll know exactly what to look for.

Watch the Navigation in action in the video embedded below:

To get Google Maps with Navigation, search for and download the newest release of ‘Google Maps’ in Android Market on your Android 1.6+ phone, or install Google Maps from the Android Market website.

[Via: Google Africa Blog]

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