|Android Phone Tips|
AOL-owned navigation solutions provider MapQuest is squaring off against Google on the digital services giant's own turf, introducing a free turn-by-turn directions application optimized for Android devices. Thirty-three percent of smartphone owners access Google Maps each month--it's the most popular app among Android owners (used by 67 percent), second on BlackBerry (34 percent) and third on iPhone (47 percent, 1 percentage point behind Apple's iTunes).
Mapquest this week launched a free "MapQuest for Android" app that features free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation leveraging both NAVTEQ and Openstreetmap (OSM) map data. Denver-based MapQuest said this morning that it has launched an Android mobile phone application, which includes turn-by-turn directions, voice-guided navigation, and more.
The firm--which already offers an iPhone version of the app--said the app supports allowing drivers to search for destinations by voice; ability to locate restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops and other points of interest; both walking and driving directions; and live traffic flow. The new app also ties into the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, allowing users to update information about maps via their phone.