By Christopher Peri on Thu, 10/29/2009
Now unless you have been living under a rock, or you are a rock, in which you are fully excuse from knowing about this game changer. Google is now providing turn by turn navigation on enabled mobile devices for free. That means any smart phone that has GPS and Interwebs connection will most likely be able to use this… except the Iphone. Apple makes a pretty penny for those REALLY expensive Nav apps out there and AT&T is trying to sell a monthly service for their app. I saw this video last night (at the end of this post) and its a game changer not only because its free, but because it uses what Google is very good at. Search. You can say, navigate me to the giants game and it takes you to AT&T (is it still called that?) park. Nice! You also get REAL images instead of just cartoon road navigation. THAT is the game changer my friend. Now, I still have concerns.. What happens when I lose connection? For a long time? As I’m told, the full route is cached, but I would imagine I would lose rerouting, traffic and images but I can live with that. However, when you start your trip and you do not have interwebs, then you are in trouble. Now, will we see this on the iphone? Eh.. Not at first for the reasons I listed above, but I think Apple understands they can only fight the river for so long, so perhaps late next year? But this I can say, it sucks to be a GPS device company right now. Take a look at today’s GRMN’s stock.
More here including a video from Google. Yes, prepare to be impressed. I REALLY wish we had this on the iphone.