Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

Summary: The navigation in Google Maps for Android just got better as it will now automatically route you around adverse traffic conditions in areas where traffic conditions are tracked.

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The navigation in Google Maps for Android just got better as it will now automatically route you around adverse traffic conditions in areas where traffic conditions are tracked. The Google Mobile Blog details how Maps now uses both real-time and historical traffic data to automatically provide the fastest navigation route given driving conditions.

Google Maps has provided a layer of traffic conditions on maps for a while, but this is the first time the information has been used in devising navigation routes. The new feature is active in North America and Europe only.

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  • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

    I've bin using this feature since the 1st google phone called the G1 on Tmobile more than 2 years ago, (standard on all android phones) unlike Iphones. Its one of the best GPS out their which you get free! And it is constantly being updated.
    aberkae
    • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

      @aberkae
      Well Android gets constantly upgraded but not the devices. Even Google's own device Nexus One got the update only recently. So pathetic.
      Ram U
      • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

        @Rama.NET
        Free navigation. Suck it hater.
        Droid101
    • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

      @aberkae Get your facts before you part your lips AT&T navigator has had this feature since day one. If your not to busy cleaning spyware and malware from your phone you may be able to use your phone
      rolandrich
  • Wow!! And Android feature that the iPhone had for years

    Guess what, the same feature is part of the Google Map app shipped in the iPhone.

    So why is now an "Android" feature ??
    wackoae
    • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

      @wackoae There is a difference between manual rerouting based on the longest/shortest distance and auto rerouting based on traffic trends in areas
      RoboRobp
    • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

      @wackoae LOL I guess you need to try it on an android. The map app on iphone is the same as it has been on iphone1. You'll be blown away with what the Android version can do. 3D street maps and all http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/
      LarsDennert
  • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

    Yeah, I'm really impressed with the Navigation app in my new Motorola Atrix 4G which runs on Android. I went on a 350 mile round trip yesterday meandering through the back roads of Louisiana and it never failed me. It's every bit as good as having a TomTom or a Garmin in the car. Why would anyone pay extra for AT&T Navigator when this feature comes included with the phone?
    natalie@...
  • Use Google, get really lost.

    We used Google Navigate this weekend . It suggested a different route that I usually take. As we continued on our normal route, Navigate wanted us to make a U-turn for at least 2 miles. The it wanted me to turn right at every street to the right as well as turn left at every street to the left. This went on for 30 minutes until we arrived at our location, the White House.

    Totally useless.
    msears48@...
  • RE: Avoid traffic jams with Google Maps on Android

    What is different about this compared to the Verizon Navigator that is on the Palm Pre/Pre Plus? (And, it was on earlier phones from VZW before that.) Seems a bit of overblown hype. Reminds me of those people who think the computer was invented by Bill Gates and have chosen to ignore the previous 40-50 years of computing, most of which was before B.G. was born. IBM is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year. Where's the recognition of real innovation?
    MCGJr