Google India has launched maps navigation service in India as well as live traffic information in the map service. The live traffic information is available for six Indian cities and their surrounding suburbs: Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.
Google Maps Navigation is free and accessible to any smartphone user running Android 2.2 or later, and live traffic information is visible on both the mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps. Though, important to note that the app uses GPS settings, so ensure that you carry your mobile charger.
In India, you’ll have access to information about any of the thousands of cities, towns, roads, and points of interest that have been mapped by users in Google Map Maker. Your phone will announce upcoming directions to you as you move along your route — and it will even use a friendly and familiar Indian accent if you’ve selected the Indian English locale on in your phone settings. [official blog]
Watch this intro video
Impact on other navigation products?
While it’s too early to gauge the impact, companies like MapMyIndia have embraced Android to launch CarPad and are betting big on navi-tainment devices. Recently, Nokia (post Navteq acquisition completion) too launched live traffic updates in Mumbai and Delhi and TomTom partnered with HTC to power HTC Locations App for HTC smartphones in India.
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