Intersting article on Googles reach into the gps market for free. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/technology/companies/29gps...
It's going to be fascinating to see Apple's response to this -- do they let it on the iPhone? (or does it duplicate some existing functionality and might confuse customers (sic))
So maybe Apple could add it in an update to what's already there.
Pulled up some more info http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/announcing-google-map... .This looks like it will be a nice service.
Unfortunately cellular service, which is required for this to work is not ubiquitous.
Where my Nuvi or Zumo work anywhere on the planet, a recent road trip I took, where I had a tracking device reporting positions, clearly shows huge holes in the coverage of the GSM networks - and I presume (admittedly a dangerous thing to do) that CDMA networks are not much better.
Then there is the cost; Unless you have an unlimited data plan for your phone, AND a full time charger, it won't be practical.
There are potential issues related to screen size, speaker volume for announcements and so on to consider.
It's an interesting concept. And if anyone can commercialise it, Google is the company. Howeever I am not holding my breath.
This is huge for all of us smartphone users! The app will cache the maps for your route, so as long as you have network coverage at some point, it should pull in the maps that you need for your route.
When google would use a GPS company and use google street view or something like that.
you can just download Google Maps. It shows traffic and turn by turn directions.
Look at this site and you will see the videos on the right of what it can do and compare. http://www.google.com/mobile/navigation/index.html#p=default
This service is not going to get any of us to start leaving our GPSr's home, but if you are a newbie thinking about GPS and trying to decide between $200 to $700+ vs Free it will hurt new unit sales. Can't miss what you never had. Especiallly if it comes to the iPhone soon.
Could be a huge game changer. The best thing for most people is they no longer have to worry about carrying another device around.
I have an Android phone, and I will try it as soon as it comes out. It will work good if you are in a major city and have full 3G coverage, but like others have said, once you lose coverage, you are out of luck. By the way, this should come on Verizon's Droid.
Here is the beta download http://www.google.com/mobile/products/maps.html#p=default
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