Google launches Android navigation in Australia

Internet search giant Google has launched turn-by-turn navigation capabilities for Australian Android users, with the company launching the product at its Sydney headquarters yesterday.

The turn-by-turn navigation technology allows users to navigate roads using specific, detailed results along with the GPS technology contained in their smartphones. But according to product manager Andrew Foster, the technology will combine some cloud elements to eliminate the risk of signal drop outs.

“All the routing takes place in the cloud. It uses the same technology that’s on desktop. Users can add stops and change the route accordingly,” Foster told ZDnet.com.au.

“If your internet connection drops out en route, you can still navigate [thanks to caching], as long as you’ve followed the original instructions. When the connection comes back, we can reroute you if you’ve made a mistake,” he added.

The company said the technology is currently available for Android users on version 1.6.

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