Google Maps Navigation Motors To 11 More Countries For Free

There has been a lot of action at Google this week, and the Caffeine boost is just the tip of the iceberg. In a move that may be strong European mainstays like Nokia on their heels, Google has just announced that their highly lauded Google Maps Navigation service is finally departing the U.S. and heading elsewhere. But don't worry, it's not actually leaving America--it's cloning itself and becoming available in a variety of other locations.

Google Maps Navigation remains one of the major reasons that users are flocking to Android. It's far more functional than the standard Maps application for iPhone, and it runs laps around most other navigation solutions on other operating systems. Just in time for all the Eurotrippers to get their passport stamped upon entering Europe, Google has announced that their Maps Navigation software is now available for free in 11 more nations, with version 4.2 bringing support for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

The new version works on all Android devices at v1.6 and higher, but of course it will require a data connection to fully operate, so you best pick up some serious pre-paid data unless you want an outrageous roaming bill to arrive once you return. "Search by Voice" is also included in this new version, and local languages are supported in all of the new 11 nations. It's available now for free by searching for Google Maps in the Android Market. Good luck keeping up, everyone else.