Real-time traffic re-routing added to Google Maps Navigation

Google has once again improved its free Google Maps Navigation application for Android device users. This update adds Real-Time traffic re-routing to the host of other free features the satellite navigation service provides.

According to the official Google blog, an update for Google Maps was released yesterday for Android users that added the traffic re-routing feature. So what does re-routing do? Simply put, it helps you avoid getting stuck in traffic on your journeys by adjusting your route on the fly.

Google has added new routing algorithms to the application that takes both current and historical traffic data into consideration. Not only that, but Google Maps Navigation also makes use of real-time traffic data if you live in North America or in areas of Europe where both Google Navigation and real-time information is available.

Previous versions of Google Maps Navigation would only take the fastest route into consideration rather than deciding if traffic jams or slow moving areas or road could be an issue on your trip. With over 35 million miles of driving being done by users of Google Maps Navigation each day, the traffic data from your device, such as speed and location, can be used to improve the company’s data.

Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation is a free application for download on Android based devices.

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Nice feature. It's annoying when Navigator tells me that going straight through the city is the fastest route, when it's obviously not.

Very nice feature. I hope whatever Apple releases for the iPhone in the future is as good (since I believe Google Maps hasn't been updated since iPhoneOS 2), and I also hope that Bing Maps eventually adds this feature for WP7, and eventually iOS as well.

Competition is good, and props to Google on this one.

Other than Navfree, are there any other decent GPS Navigation apps out there that can compete with Google Maps Navigation on the Android? Is Google planning on releasing a new Maps app for iOS that has all the features of the Android version?

sabrex said,
Other than Navfree, are there any other decent GPS Navigation apps out there that can compete with Google Maps Navigation on the Android? Is Google planning on releasing a new Maps app for iOS that has all the features of the Android version?

Navitel, CityGuide, iDA, iGo

Yandex Maps can reroute your way depending on traffic. So does Navitel.

coth said,

Navitel, CityGuide, iDA, iGo

Yandex Maps can reroute your way depending on traffic. So does Navitel.

Extremely useful... if you're in Russia (or Moscow for Yandex)

Metodi Mitov said,

Extremely useful... if you're in Russia (or Moscow for Yandex)


Right, but Google Maps Navigation (not just routing) works just in 10 countries or so.

ccoltmanm said,
The Bing app for the iPhone does this already and has since it was released a year ago.

Where do I find the Microsoft Bing app? I can't see it in the app store.

sabrex said,

Why would Microsoft not make this available in Canada? That's just silly! And it has GPS Navigation as well?

While it is a Microsoft, not the Microsoft. Bing is completely useless in Europe. And we don't have any Google Apps for WP7. It is starting to annoying a bit...

cpu said,

While it is a Microsoft, not the Microsoft. Bing is completely useless in Europe. And we don't have any Google Apps for WP7. It is starting to annoying a bit...


Microsoft Bing Maps will most probably be merged with Nokia Navteq Ovi Maps, though their maps are quite poor.

Why on earth would they beef up their iPhone counterpart? Google only wants their Navigation exclusive to Android. And that is the way it is going to stay.

Mikee4fun said,
Why on earth would they beef up their iPhone counterpart? Google only wants their Navigation exclusive to Android. And that is the way it is going to stay.
They could offer a 30 day trial, and then say "to get the full version, buy an Android device"

bushbrother said,
They could offer a 30 day trial, and then say "to get the full version, buy an Android device"

It would be hacked in days for an unlimited trial, that's a guarantee

Mikee4fun said,
Why on earth would they beef up their iPhone counterpart? Google only wants their Navigation exclusive to Android. And that is the way it is going to stay.

Why release Maps on the iPhone at all then?

Mikee4fun said,
Why on earth would they beef up their iPhone counterpart? Google only wants their Navigation exclusive to Android. And that is the way it is going to stay.

Why release Maps on the iPhone at all then?

Gothic_Rebel said,

Why release Maps on the iPhone at all then?

They had that on the iPhone long before Google bought Android and started disolving their partnership with Apple. I'm guessing that something in their contract with Apple specified that they had to continue providing the Maps app for a certain timeframe.

roadwarrior said,

They had that on the iPhone long before Google bought Android and started disolving their partnership with Apple. I'm guessing that something in their contract with Apple specified that they had to continue providing the Maps app for a certain timeframe.

Android was purchased in 2005, a year before the iPhone. However they did have maps on iOS before android was released but I doubt they are under legal obligation to provide updates. They simply want some of their services as wide spread as possible.

Hollow.Droid said,

Android was purchased in 2005, a year before the iPhone. .

Yeah, I had meant to say "long before Google released Android phones". Either way, I'd suspect that Google and Apple still have some contract clause that is keeping Google Maps on iOS (as well as keeping Google as the default search engine in Safari).

I didn't read this article, and I don't have an Android. However I will say that Google Maps is my favorite app on my Touch Pro2. That is all.

no-sweat said,
I didn't read this article, and I don't have an Android. However I will say that Google Maps is my favorite app on my Touch Pro2. That is all.

Wow! Way to add to this place.

On topic: Having previously owned an HTC desire I can honestly say that Google maps navigation kicks the ass out of my current iphones maps. It's really frustrating when you are so used to a feature that you keep trying to do it... only to find yourself unable. I can see why google don't beef up their iphone counterpart, but if they ever did I'd love them forever.

empty said,

Wow! Way to add to this place.

On topic: Having previously owned an HTC desire I can honestly say that Google maps navigation kicks the ass out of my current iphones maps. It's really frustrating when you are so used to a feature that you keep trying to do it... only to find yourself unable. I can see why google don't beef up their iphone counterpart, but if they ever did I'd love them forever.

Have you tried MapQuest for the iPhone? It has voice directions and for a free program, does a pretty decent job.