Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android and iOS now available in Kenya

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At long last Google is getting serious around here. Google has announced the next step for Google Maps for mobile in Kenya.  If you have a phone running on Android 2.2 (or above) and iOS 5.1 (or above) then go to Google play store or Apple App store and get Google Maps Navigation (Beta).  Google Maps Navigation (Beta) is an Internet-connected GPS navigation or ‘satnav’ system that provides turn-by-turn voice driving directions as a feature of Google Maps for mobile.

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) uses phone Internet connection to give the latest maps and driving directions with a free application. Google’s navigation tool is regularly updated with the most recent data from Google Maps, which means users will not be required to purchase map upgrades or manually update their devices.

Google put forward the following as some of the benefits of Google Maps Navigation (Beta) :

  • Easy to use:  Google finds your destination: Just type — or say your destination — and Google Maps Navigation (Beta) finds it, just like when you search on Google Maps. No need to know the address. Misspelled queries are corrected, and ambiguous queries return multiple results so the user can choose the right one.
  • It’s always fresh:  No updating or downloads — always the most recent maps, businesses and traffic. Being connected to the Internet means you’re always using the latest data from Google Maps. You never need to buy map upgrades or manually update your device. Where traffic data is available, Navigation can even automatically route you around bad traffic.
  • It’s free with your smartphone: Like the rest of Google Maps, Navigation (Beta) is free (Note: carrier data plan charges still apply). Additionally, since it’s part of your phone, you don’t need to carry an extra device.
  • Turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation: You no longer have to look at your phone screen to follow the route, you can simply listen for indications.

To get Google Maps Navigation (Beta), search for and download the newest release of ‘Google Maps’ in Google Play  or the Apple App Store.

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Kennedy Kachwanya
Lead Blogger at Kachwanya.com
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