Google launches free turn-by-turn GPS navigation to all Android 2.0-powered smartphones, video demo included |

It seems that another step in eliminating all of the multiple gadgets you own has been made, as Google announced yesterday that it will be bringing free turn-by-turn navigation to its Google Maps service for all of the smartphones that will be based on the Android 2.0 operating system.

Currently, the first smartphone to feature such an OS will be the Motorola Droid, which will be exclusive to Verizon in the United States. Other models released before it will be able to upgrade to 2.0, and thus support this replacement for any GPS device.

But it wouldn’t be Google if the corporation didn’t add its own unique twist, meaning that you can just type in or even say out loud your destination and the software will figure it out or reveal a list of suggested destinations, you will be able to get up to date traffic reports thanks to the Internet connection, including the ability to select Google Street View in order to better determine the turns you need to do.

Overall, this is certainly something which might force GPS manufacturers like Garmin or TomTom to reconsider their business strategy, as having free navigation in an all-in-one device like an Android smartphone would be much better than having multiple devices and swapping between them.

Hit the jump to see a video demonstration of the new service in action.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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