Jun 09 AT 10:07 AM Nick Gray 13 Comments

Google Maps Navigation goes live in 11 more countries

Android users in the U.S. have been enjoying Google Maps Navigation since the introduction of the Motorola DROID.  Now, Google is finally rolling out their turn-by-turn navigation feature to a handful of countries in Europe (Austria, Belgium,  Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland ) and Canada.  The launch of the new feature coincidentally happened to fall right after Google rolled out additional language support (Italian, German, French, and Spanish) for Google Voice Search on Android.

To start navigating with Google Maps, simply download the new 4.2 version of the app from the Android Market.  For turn—by-turn navigation directions, press menu > directions > and type in your destination.  Once you hit the “Go” button you’ll be presented a list of directions, select “Navigate” and you should be all set to go.  Keep in mind, the new feature is only available for phone running Android 1.6 or higher.  Google will most likely be rolling out support for new countries over the next few months.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website ggme

    So I can fially ditch the hacked version of Google Maps that I have been using on my HTC Magic ofr the past 5 months? The hacked one worked ok, lets hope the official release does a whole lot better.

  • http://alittleextramoneyuk.blogspot.com Bristolboy

    Dont forget the UK has had Navigation for quite some time too!

  • http://whosthisguy.com Brendan

    This is great news for us Canadians. One would think that being so close to in proximity to the US would yield advantages for us, but we’re constantly months behind on anything cool. I’m very excited to actually plop this is my car dock and actually use it as a turn-by-turn GPS instead of having to manually flick through my google maps directions.

  • http://Website Aaron

    I can’t download it on my TELUS HTC hero, it can’t find the app :S…what’s wrong

    • http://Website Nithin Jino

      Android 1.6 or higher. See if the Hero 2.1 update has been released your for your hero. CDMA heroes have the 2.1 update already.

  • sigamore

    How about some other “exotic ” locations such as Israel ; -)

    • http://Website niematunikogo

      or… Poland? :D … I guess that i’ll have to wait “a bit” longer :/

  • http://Website Kuraiba

    Finally ! Works on my HTC Desire. ;)

  • http://Website Jiri

    It is useless until it plays real media video streams.

  • http://Website lolobabes

    how about the Philippines, am using N1… ahihihihi

  • http://Website Crunch

    Finally some loving for denmark. Now about them paid apps…..

  • paulcam03

    We’re all wandering around lost and waiting for turn-by-turn in Australia too.

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