Technology.am (Oct 28, 2009) — Google revealed a free navigation scheme for mobile phones on Wednesday in a progress seen as a prospective challenge to the makers of GPS navigation devices. US telecommunications carrier Verizon Wireless and US handset manufacturer Motorola announced in the meantime that latest smartphone will be available on sale in the United States next week, the Droid, would be the foremost to attribute Google Maps Navigation.
The Droid, which will cost around 200 dollars subsequent to a 100-dollar discount and is being touted as a contender to Apple’s popular iPhone, is power-driven by Android 2.0, Google’s next-generation mobile phone operating system.
Google Maps Navigation will at present just work on smartphones using Android 2.0. It includes several of the characteristics of a conventional GPS device prepared by companies for example Garmin and TomTom such as three-dimensional (3D) views and turn-by-turn voice supervision
The Internet-connected system allows navigation by means of voice search in English, provides live traffic data, satellite imagery from Google Maps and Google’s “street view” authentic pictures of destinations.
Verizon and Motorola said the Droid, featuring a QWERTY keyboard, a five-megapixel camera and DVD-quality video capture and playback, will be in stores at United States on November 6.
Verizon is the most modern US telecom carrier or maker to implement Google’s Android software in a proposal to confront the iPhone and Blackberry from Research in Motion.
Android is by now being used to power smartphones from T-Mobile, and US wireless carrier Sprint Nextel and Taiwan’s HTC are as well releasing a mobile phone power-driven by Android.
The Wall Street Journal reported this month that US computer manufacturer Dell is teaming with telecom colossus AT&T, special carrier for the iPhone in the United States, to begin an Android-based smartphone next year.
Technology industry tracker Gartner predicts that Android-based smartphones will retain 14 percent of the international market by the year 2012, as compared with a sheer two percent at present, according to a report in Computerworld.
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