If you're not interested in Google Maps Navigation, you should be. It's been one of the most requested features for Google Maps for quite some time and to finally have it in Android 2.0 is an absolute game changer. Just check out the stocks of standalone GPS makers like Garmin and TomTom, it speaks for itself.
We've gathered some choice screenshots of Google Maps Navigation for your easy viewing. GPS navigation is about to permanently change with Google Maps Navigation. Imagine how limited previous GPS devices were with their search. Now you search with the power of Google. Remember how expensive GPS devices were. Now it's free with Android 2.0.
We think that the change is good and we love that the change is falling in our direction.
Hit the jump to see more screenshots of Google Maps Navigation with our commentary!
BGR has an interesting report that Verizon Wireless will launch an all-out, ad onslaught for the DROID in one of the busiest intersections in the world, Times Square New York City. But this is more than just advertising, Verizon has plans to make this an interactive experience for DROID users. BGR's source says that two of the biggest digital billboards in Times Square, the NASDAQ and Reuters signs, will be controlled by DROID users through voice commands.
It sounds mysterious, ambitious, and borderline crazy but we're excited to see what comes out of this. The picture above is a 'sneak peek' of what's to come. There's no if's or but's about it, Verizon has absolute faith in the DROID.
The rite of passage for all highly anticipated gadgets, the unboxing, has happened for the Motorola DROID. Unsurprisingly, the Droid/Terminator theme of the DROID is splashed on the box with the expected Verizon branding. Google gets some love on the outer box as well, with Motorola showing up only in the product photo and the inner box. The DROID only comes with a microUSB charger, the accessories like the dock and car dock are sold separately.
Hit the jump to see more pictures of the DROID unboxed
We know today is DROID day and nothing official regarding other DROID devices (it is a series after all) will be announced by Verizon but gdgt has given word that the DROID Eris will be priced at $99 with new contract. Remember, the DROID Eris is purportedly the Verizon version of the HTC Hero and the Sprint HTC Hero sells for $179. If the DROID Eris is in fact the HTC Hero, it'll undercut the Sprint version at half the price and be on an arguably better network. Two wins in our book.
We love the aggressively competitive (or is it competitively aggressive) pricing of the DROID Eris. Like our prediction, the DROID Eris will be offered as a lower-end device from the higher-end DROID. Obviously, a Verizon HTC Hero isn't low-end by no means but priced at $99 will certainly ruffle some feathers. Either way, at $99 and $199 price points, it looks like they'll both be steals.
The lovely folks at Gizmodo and Engadget have both gotten their hands on the Motorola DROID and their first impressions are very positive. Here are some highlights:
General consensus seems to point the screen at somewhere between gorgeous and excellent. The added real estate with the bigger screen seems to make Android even more customizable with all the widgets and icons you'd like. And the extra screen resolution is to die for
The phone is made of metal and the hardware seems to be top notch
Keyboard is decent. The directional pad on the right side may get in the way of some but everyone seems sure it'll be fine once we get used to it
Everyone is noticing the speed difference in the Motorola DROID, we're taking that as Android 2.0 is highly optimized and enhanced enough to hang out with its speedster competitors
Facebook integration is built-in (Android 2.0)
We're working on getting our own Motorola DROID to give you our own thoughts but in the mean time, hit the jump to see some hands on pictures courtesy of Gizmodo and Engadget!
All eyes are on Verizon this morning and rightly so, but a few keen observers have found this video of the Motorola DROID with a SIM card! Which means there's going to be GSM versions of this most anticipated Android device lying around. Which isn't really a surprise since few carriers outside of the US use CDMA. But we're almost certain that these GSM DROIDs will never see the light of day as official devices in the US (Verizon has invested too much to let the Droid slip to AT&T or T-Mobile) but there's no stopping you from picking up unlocked phones to use on networks here.
We haven't heard of the DROID releasing on other worldwide carriers yet but we'll be sure to let you guys know when we do!
Hit the jump for the full video of the GSM Motorola DROID.
DroidDoes.com is live and stylishly displays teaser-fashioned information regarding the DROID. You'll be able to find out that with the DROID you can "put your thumbs away. DROID answers on command" and that the DROID is 'no granola crunching, flower child phone" but "more powerful than you need and faster than you can handle". Rather deep stuff, right?
It's a pint-sized power plant. Location aware. Voice-recognizing. App-mashing and multitasking. It can connect at breakneck speed. Power and intelligence can be more than a phone. DROID by Motorola.
It's not all fun and games though. The official specs page is listed here and some notable specs we didn't mention earlier: An Arm Cortex A8 550 MHz processor is what powers this puppy and it'll have 6 hours of usage time.
All jokes aside, Verizon and Motorola are really excited about this device and it shows. Motorola is back with a bang. Verizon has one of the best phones available. And Android 2.0 comes out looking best. This might be the first win-win-win situation!
After much hype and anticipation, the Motorola Droid is officially official. It's hitting Verizon on November 6th (like previously rumored) for a very reasonable cost of $199 on new 2-year contract. It's a 'Google Experience' Android device that won't rock Motorola's own MOTOBLUR but will run Android 2.0. Android 2.0 comes with its own social networking features so you'll be fine Mr. Facebook Fiend. So Big Red customers, are you already lining up to buy the DROID?
The official specs of the Motorola DROID:
3.7-inch 854x480 display
5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
DVD-quality video capture and playback (720x480)
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (with Google Maps Navigation)
This is the first device in Verizon's DROID series and my does it have a look of a winner. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day!
Google just announced Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0 that'll offer users free turn-by-turn navigation. You heard that right. Google Maps. Free Turn-By-Turn Navigation. Android 2.0. Google Maps Navigation has everything you'd expect to find in a GPS application--3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and automatic rerouting--but also adds compelling new features that's 'built from the ground up to take advantage of your phone's Internet connection'. Google lists seven features that are possible because Google Maps Navigation is connected to the Internet:
Always have the most recent maps and business data
Search with the power of Google (no need to know exact address, Google can do the legwork)
Search by voice
Live traffic data just like you see in the current Google Maps with real-time information
Search along route allows you to search for results that won't take you far from your route
Satellite View -- high resolution, 3D view of your route
Street View -- you'll be able to see where you need to turn, what your final address is, etc
This is big for Google Maps and even bigger for Android 2.0. Turn-by-turn navigation has probably been the most requested feature for Google Maps and for Google Maps Navigation to come native on the Droid (with a slick car dock UI to boot) and future Android 2.0 devices is a huge bullet point victory over competing mobile smartphones. Eventually, Google Maps Navigation will make its way to other phones but there's nothing like being first (and nothing like being free!).