Google intros free Maps Navigation for Android 2.0, Garmin and TomTom stocks plummet
The same day when the Verizon Motorola Droid was officially unveiled, Google announced Maps Navigation for Android 2.0.
Designed from the ground to leverage on your handset’s Internet connection, Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 offer lots of nice features, including: the latest map and business data, search and search by voice (in English), traffic view, satellite view, Google street view, and car dock mode.
Unlike most of the GPS services offered by major companies (like Garmin and TomTom), Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 is free.
Here’s video presentation of Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 (and yes, that phone is Verizon’s Motorola Droid – which was also spotted in GSM flavor):
All in all, Android is really becoming a threat to almost all companies that are directly or indirectly related to the mobile industry. And that’s a good thing, since competition eventually means better products for us, the end users.
Via the Official Google Mobile Blog