Just a few short weeks ago the majority of Android users looked on with envy as proud owners of the Motorola Droid, armed with Google Maps with navigation, used Motorola’s latest and greatest Android 2.0 phone to route them to their destinations. Greeted by thunderous applause from Android users everywhere, the search engine giant has made its turn-by-turn GPS navigation software available to older Android phones.
Android devices running Android version 1.6 — including T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G and the original G1 — can join in on most of the navigation goodness after downloading as a free update to Google Maps available from the Android Market.
Though much of the functionality will be the same as available to phones equipped with Android 2.0 such as the Droid, the Google maps update won’t offer some features including to ability to use the “navigate to” voice command.
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