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T-Mobile G1 Gets Turn-By-Turn Navigation

TeleNav is bringing its navigation services to the Android platform, and it will offer audible turn-by-turn navigation, live traffic alerts, and 3-D maps.

T-Mobile's HTC G1
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One of the most appealing factors of the Android-powered T-Mobile-HTC G1 is the ability to add new applications. But so far, the navigation category hasn't been very robust.

With this in mind, TeleNav has released a navigation application for Google's open source mobile operating system. TeleNav GPS Navigator offers Android users audible turn-by-turn directions, and it will come preloaded with 3-D maps that can use the data connection to get weather updates and restaurant reviews.

The application also will use speech recognition to find addresses and businesses. TeleNav updates its databases to give users current gas prices, and G1 users can get live traffic alerts.

"It was important to us that we build a great application for Android and the G1 so that customers with this phone would have a remarkable experience," said Sal Dhanani, TeleNav's co-founder, in a statement. "The device's large, beautiful touch screen creates an incredible navigation experience when combined with our software."

The navigation application can be downloaded from TeleNav's Web site with a free 30-day trial, and it will cost $9.99 a month after that. TeleNav said it will be in the Android Market later this year.

Since the Android platform launched commercially late last year, many of the major application developers have expressed interest in supporting it. Google is hoping to foster a developer community by not taking a cut of the profits from sold apps, and by not having as many restrictions on what type of programs get into the Android Market.

But Apple's App Store has been a far more attractive option so far, as its catalog of programs dwarfs what is available in the Android Market. That could change as more Android handsets get released, and as a payment option comes to the Android Market.

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