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Google announces Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android mobile phone users in UK and Ireland

LONDON, 21st April. Today Google announced the next step for Google Maps for mobile in UK and Ireland – the availability of Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for phones running Android 1.6 and above.

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) is an Internet-connected GPS navigation or ‘satnav’ system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps for phones running Android 1.6 and above. Key features include Search by voice to find your destination, the most recent maps, businesses and live traffic from Google Maps, and street-level and satellite views.

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) uses your phone’s Internet connection to give you the latest maps and business data. You never need to buy map upgrades or manually update your device because you’re always using the most recent data from Google Maps.

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) was built from the ground up as an Internet-connected GPS system, making the following features possible:

To get Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), search for and download the newest release of ‘Google Maps’ in Android Market from your Android 1.6+ phone.

Useful resources:

More more info on features and video of how this feature works: www.google.co.uk/intl/en/mobile/navigation/

For images please contact Laura Scott, laurascott@google.com.