In a London press conference, Google confirmed that it plans to bring its free turn-by-turn Google Maps Navigation to the iPhone along with other mobile platforms. Android users are already enjoying the Google’s free turn-by-turn satellite navigation on their phones.
Unlike the paid navigation services like TomTom or CoPilot, Google’s satnav requires an active data connection when planning routes, though not while traveling.
“Google Maps pre-caches the entire route,” said Mobile Maps product manager, Steve Lee. “It needs a data connection when you ask for navigation. But while driving to your destination, if you intermittently lose the connection, it will still carry on. As long as you stay on the route.”
Unfortunately, there’s no official word on when it is going to roll out on the iPhone, but we are talking about Google here so it won’t take long.
Checkout the Google’s satnav in action on an Android:
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