Google Maps Navigation Beta Version for Android arrives in India

Finally, Google Maps Navigation Beta for Android has been rolled out in India delivering voice-based navigation in major parts of the country. Apart from this, the application even proffers live traffic updates.
In order to make use of this service, all that’s needed is to type in or dictate the name or the address of the place intended to visit and travelers are all set to go. Interestingly, users needn’t have worry about spelling mistakes as the app corrects it automatically to offer the required results. The application will provide directions orally in a familiar native accent on activating the Indian English locale setting.

“We’re excited today to announce that both of these features are now available for Google Maps users in India — one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing markets for online map services worldwide. Google Maps Navigation (Beta) 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,” reads a post on the official Google blog.

The application is said to offer live traffic information for six major cities within the country including Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai. On activating the traffic layer option, the app will provide colored highlights such as red for tight jams, while the yellow and green markings denote slow moving and free-flowing traffic, respectively. Users will also be able to find ‘typical’ traffic conditions for a specific time or day.

Google Maps Navigation Beta for Android can be picked up for free via the Play store.