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2.1 For The Droid is Near

Android 2.1 for the Droid may be closer than we think. An official pamphlet has been discovered from Verizon wireless that gives specific details on the update. So we can pretty much put this in the confirmed pile.

Google Maps Gets Biking Directions

Google is really beefing up their Maps service. The recent addition of layars which added Buzz is not the end of Google adding features to this extremely popular online Map.

Google Maps Navigation In Europe

This has been one of the most wanted additions in Android since the release of the Droid. It has since then been added to most Android phones here in the US but our friends across the pond cant join in the glory that is free voice turn-by-turn navigation.

Nexus One software updates featuring Pinch-to-zoom, 3G connectivity fix, new Google Maps and much more!

The big wait is over because Google just announced a new software update for the Nexus One phone. There are lots of juicy new features including Pinch-to-zoom functionality, 3G connectivity fix, new Google Maps and Google Goggles! Have you gotten your text yet?! Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experienced, including:

Google is Blocking the Maps Navigation Hack for International Users

If you are running Android 1.6 on your smartphone, then you are one of the lucky ones who got the update to be able to use Google Navigation Maps Beta. Unfortunately, if you live outside the United States, you might not be so lucky afterall. Even if you were able to hack your Android device. As we all remember, the Google Navigation Maps Beta was only available at first for Android 2.0 devices in the US only. However, Google decided to give the update to Android 1.6 users too, but also available for US users only. It wasn't long before someone got Google Navigation to work on devices outside the US, thanks to a "little hacking". Apparently, Google is now blocking this hack for all the Android smartphones that had access to the Google Maps Navigation beta outside of the US thanks to the hack. Maybe Google is doing it to cover their butt... errr, to cover themselves from any legal action. So, we must blame licensing restrictions, and not Google, from preventing the use of Google Navigation outside the US. Hopefully, Google is hard at work to get this working on all the Android devices of the world. I can only hope.

Google Maps Navigation Now Working Outside the US, Little “Hacking” Required

As most of you - if not all - already know; Google has officially announced that those who are using Android 1.6 or higher will be able to use Google Navigation Maps Beta. But unfortunately for Android users outside the US, they cannot use this navigation feature. Until now, that is, the bad news, at least for some users, is that you have to hack into your smartphone to get this. The folks over at Electricpig have a Google Maps Navigation version that will work on non-US Android handsets. As you can see on the image above, they have it working on their HTC Magic, across the pond in the United Kingdom. There are still a few kinks though, so if you live outside the US and want to try this, be warned. They have also put out an easy to follow tutorial on how to go about and do this hack. But remember that any hack (small or big), is always at your own risk. Here's what you need in case you want to go ahead with it: First, an Android 1.6 phone, one microSD card and microSD card reader or USB cable. For the full tutorial, you'll need to check their site, so click here to get there. If you live outside the US and have this already on your Android phone, let us know in the comments. Chris, are you reading this? Let us know if you have Google Navigation Maps Beta working on an Android smartphone.

Google Maps Navigation Available for Android 1.6 as an Update, no Rooting Required

Recently, the folks over at xda-developers.com had figured out a way to make Google Maps Navigation Beta to work on a T-Mobile G1 by hacking into it. This time Google has officially announced that those who are using Android 1.6 or higher will be able to use Google Navigation Maps. As you already know, Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS system with voice guidance and automatic rerouting, that runs off your mobile phone. On this update you'll find the new Layers feature, which lets you overlay geographical information on the map. You can also view My Maps, Transit lines, Wikipedia articles about places, and more. Google wants you to have a happy Thanksgiving, so if you are traveling, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of Google Maps Navigation in your car. Is still missing some 2.0 features, and it still works only in the US, but many will be happy to have this helpful feature on their Android phones. Enjoy!
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