Google Maps Navigation could render traditional sat-navs worthless
Google could have just blown a huge hole in the sat-nav industry with the launch of Google Maps Navigation for Android-powered mobile phones.
Maps Navigation matches other sat-navs stroke for stroke and, because it downloads maps as it goes, it won’t take up valuable memory space in your phone. Probably won’t work anywhere where there’s little or no 3G coverage though. Which is almost everywhere. Ah….
The beta of Maps Navigation has been launched in the States but Google aren’t saying when it’ll be launched in the UK. Don’t think we’ll be investing in any more of those old-school sat-navs from now on though. The BBC are reporting that Garmin's share price fell 18% today while TomTom dropped 13%. Eeek!
Here's a smug Google tit with a demonstration of the new app...