Thursday, 29 April 2010
Voice Directions Now On HTC Desire Google Maps In UK
For UK users of Google maps on their Android phones, like my HTC Desire, we've been missing out on voice guidance when it comes to directions.
Fret no more, because in the last few days Google has turned this feature on in Maps. When asking for directions, there's a new option - "navigate". Simply tap this and the first time you'll be asked to install the voice simulator, then you've got a fully featured gps Sat Nav to rival Garmin or Tom Tom!
I used the Navigate option on a local journey and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the voice instructions and the way it displays the map in pseudo 3d. It's a bit quiet, but I could hear it above the engine noise, and I'd recommend some sort of windsceen mount and car charger for longer journeys.
The simulated voice is more than passable, it will say things like "take the third exit onto Southampton Road", which is better than my old Garmin 200. Sometimes the pronunciation and words used are a bit odd - being asked to "slide right" was off-putting, but overall this is very usable.
I haven't had a chance to test the app on a long journey where it would be more than likely that you would drive through areas with no 3g coverage, but I have to say that if I was the CEO of Garmin or TomTom I'd be very worried about this FREE app!
Posted by Rob Nunn at 16:51