Google Maps on mobile, an alternative to GPS navigation

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A killer feature to relaunch a hype-loosing service. Google bets on it. Its GMaps on mobile adds a new feature: A real-time traffic monitor to help drivers get out of jams.

This is a smart move. Traffic congestion ranks in the top 5 critical problems of metro areas and currently, American drivers are looking to spare some gas. So there’s a lot of value in it, and many resources can be find on the Net.

But by delivering such data to cellphones situating in the 30 metro areas covered by the service, Google is jumping before its rivals on the next biggest trend. And offers an alternative to GPS navigation, as the service doesn’t rely on the global positioning system.

Google Maps should work with most Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones offered by Cingular and Sprint, and all color BlackBerry devices regardless of carrier. At this time, Google Maps doesn’t work with Nextel, T-Mobile USA or BREW-enabled phones (e.g. Verizon, Alltel, U.S. Cellular), or Palm devices.

Note that if you have a laptop connected to the Internet via a hotspot, you can also google maps yourself.

Jul 26, 2006 | By Nuno

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