Google Maps Navigation

Google Navigation on AndroidGoogle Maps Nav­i­ga­tion: A Free, Ass-Kick­ing, Turn-by-Turn Mobile App — Google maps nav­i­ga­tion — Giz­mo­do

If Google sells this in the App Store for zero dol­lars, those mil­lions of bucks Apple makes off of GPS app sales will like­ly dis­ap­pear. It’s not for us to wor­ry about until there’s no more GPS com­pe­ti­tion except Google, and we’re depen­dent on their pace of progress, but no com­pe­ti­tion is a bad thing. And it’s a lit­tle strange that Google’s search mon­ey is going to pay for a free map app that is com­pet­i­tive with stuff that costs $100 a year from full-time GPS mak­ers like Tom­Tom. Unfair is the word that comes to mind. But I can’t say I don’t want this app.

Agreed, on all counts. I won­der if Apple will try to play any dif­fer­ent­ly with this than with oth­er nav­i­ga­tion apps since this is Google; does that make it any more “con­fus­ing­ly sim­i­lar” to the iPhone’s Maps app (dri­ven by Google Maps)? I think not, but I also wouldn’t be con­fused by a mobile Fire­fox (Fen­nec) or Google Voice.

It’s easy to see Google’s (and their users’) advan­tage in enter­ing a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket this way, but yeah, I wouldn’t want to be their com­peti­tors either.

It does scare me how much data Google now owns, more in how they ditched their licen­sors so they could do some­thing like this. But I want this app too. ;)

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