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Could Android see FREE turn-by-turn navigation this year? #android

June 23, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

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Could Android see FREE turn-by-turn navigation this year? #android

Huawei has struck a deal with LocatioNet Systems Ltd. to install the amAze navigation app on all of its new GPS handsets. As you may know, Huawei is developing Android phones that will have GPS features, so it stands to reason that the Android-powered Huawei phones would also tap into amAze’s turn-by-turn voice navigation and satellite maps in several countries throughout the globe.

Could we see free turn-by-turn voice navigation on Android?

LocatioNet has confirmed that it is working on Android and iPhone versions of amAze for release later this year. The app is “flexible” in business models but typically a FREE, ad-supported navigation app. If launched under the ad-support model, amAze would be one of the few services to offer free turn-by-turn voice navigation in most Android nations. TeleNav offers voice-guided navigation on Android for $9.99 a month.

“There is no need to purchase expensive dedicated personal navigation devices (PND), and there is no need to periodically update the maps,” says LocatioNet CEO Meir Dan. “Everything is conveniently available on the mobile handset anywhere, anytime and with the most updated content that is coming in real-time from the main service servers.”

Amaze supports multiple languages. In its current downloadable format, the app supports maps in the following countries:

Africa: South Africa.

Asia: India, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

North America: Canada, United States of America.

Oceania: Australia.

This video demos amAze on non-Android systems.