Sep 20, 2010
Google has released a new update for Google Maps which will have us all “Walking the Line.” This new feature merges the already familiar “Navigation” with the “Walking Directions” to create well, umm, you guessed it: “Walking Navigation!”
Walking Navigation can be used by clicking on the “Walking” option of the “Navigation” menu (Keep in mind this is a Beta and may not have the most current information or best routes). Google did a really good job optimizing the features to the environment they will be used in. This includes automatic map rotation to ensure you have a correct point of view while turning. Another new feature is a vibrate notification to let you know when to make a turn. There is an option to mute the voice navigation and use text notifications only. This brings a sigh of relief for those of us who don’t enjoy broadcasting the fact that we’re tourists or that we have a high-end phone worth stealing.