More Countries Get Google Maps with Navigation, More Voice Search Languages Today


Today’s just been filled with turn-by-turn: first, T-Mobile’s launching the Garminfone today, and now we’ve learned Google’s opening Maps with Navigation up to more countries outside of the US and UK. Said countries are Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Portugal.

That’s a nicely sized list, and new languages have been added to Voice Search, as well. People who speak French, German, Italian, and Spanish can now have control their search (navigation or otherwise) using their native tongue. Google states that while these languages may be supported, differing accents may cause issues (for instance, if you’re Mexican – whose accents and dialect tends to differ from today’s Spaniards – it might not work so well).

If any of these new locales are up your alley, then I imagine you’ll want to check the Android market for an update.

[Google via TechCrunch]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Why can’t the whole Nordic get maps at once? :(

  2. I’m in Canada and navigation is working. Thank you Google!

  3. Hi Google!!
    I need it for my journey all the way from Sweden to Turkey by car. Please complete it with all countries on my way (adviced & alternative) :))

  4. Yes Yes YES!! I’m in Canada and soooo happy to have full nav!!

  5. Fantastic…. Half of our neighbors, and what about US!?

  6. Thanks Google! Seems to be working great here in Toronto, Canada!

    Now, we patiently await Google Voice and Amazon MP3 Store. Well, as patiently as we can manage, anyway.

  7. Fantastic…HTC Hero users here in Canada left out in the cold again.

    F’ing HTC…this is enough for me to switch to the new iPhone 4 next month. Way to show your customers that your product is better than the competition.

  8. C’mon Google, Australia is anxiously waiting for navigation from you. Once again we are the forgotten corner of the globe :-(

  9. The smallest country in that list made me the happiest today ;)
    BTW did you know that more than 1 in every 0.75 Portuguese have a mobile phone? ;)

  10. come on, why not give it to sweden also? Hope it doesnt take to long!

  11. Yeah come on Australia!

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