Nov 23rd, 2009

Google has officially launched an update for Android 1.6 that allows American Android users to enjoy Google Navigation! That’s right ladies and gentlemen… Happy Holidays – you can now go from retailer to retailer with much more ease and less aimless driving around (unfortunately that won’t prevent the long lines and countless idiots)!

The update was first spotted by Carl on – thanks for the heads up! Search Android Market for “Google Maps” to get the update. There are 2 major downfalls of this Google Maps Navigation update:

  1. Voice search doesn’t work using the “Navigate To” command
  2. Folks with Android 1.5 are still stuck in the stone ages of regular old Google Maps… sowwy!

Google provides a work around to the lack of “Voice search” by suggesting (from your homescreen) you press “Menu” > “Add” > “Shortcuts” > “Directions” and then select a destination, mode of transportation, name and icon for your convenience. Meanwhile, 1.5 users always have the option/risk of rooting to get Nav.

Please rejoice in the comments.

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