Thursday, September 09, 2010

Walking Directions for Android

Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android has launched with Walking Navigation, a GPS navigation system for walkers.

To use Walking Navigation choose the 'Walking' option from the Navigation icon in the updated Google Maps. Walking Navigation has a few changes that help when you’re on your feet. Whilst you are walking your phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn.



The map rotates with you as you turn the phone so you can use it like a virtual compass with satellite imagery to look ahead or help pick out landmarks along the way.

Street View Update

There is also an update to Street View in Google Maps for Android. Google have added some smart new navigation aids to move around whilst in Street View. You can quickly navigate Street View by dragging Pegman from the corner and highlighting where you want to go with a lightly shaded 'pancake' on roads or a rectangle on buildings. Let go of the screen when highlighting the front of a building, and you’ll fly there and turn to face it.



To use Walking Navigation and the new Street View navigation aides you need to visit the Android Market and update Google Maps and Street View on Google Maps.

Via: Walk this way - Official Google Mobile Blog

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