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Despite numerous reports earlier this week claiming that Google planed to bring its free turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone, it turns out that the search giant currently does not have any such plans.

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Despite numerous reports earlier this week claiming that Google was planning to bring its free turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone, it turns out that the search giant currently does not have any such plans.

Word regarding the alleged move first broke when a Mac User report claimed that a UK-based Google executive had revealed details about introducing the navigation tool to the iPhone, in addition to other mobile devices. The comments were apparently uttered during a London press conference in which Google launched its popular Maps Navigation tool for UK Android devices.

However, in order to kill the rumor before it became any more widespread, Google has now confirmed to PCWorld that this is not the case. PCWorld’s report includes comments from a Google spokesperson who said the following:

“We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we’ve had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all.”

For those that don’t know, Google’s Maps Navigation is a free GPS 3-D mapping service which offers turn-by-turn navigation, automatic rerouting and voice guidance for Android users. Sadly, no doubt at the joy of GPS makers such as Tom Tom and Garmin, Google’s service will not be on the iPhone anytime soon.

  1. It sure would be nice to have Google Navigator, but until then I will just use TomTom.

    With the battle between Google and Apple just heating up, I don’t expect the iPhone to get Google Nav anytime soon if ever.

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  2. Actually, apple is the only one deciding when they want to add navigation to the iphone. They implemented the maps app on the iphone, and were able to add street View when that became available. They can add navigation at any time. Meanwhile when Google wanted to add latitude app, it was blocked, so clearly apple will not allow superior Google made map application on the iphone.

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  3. VoxTrek Navigation GPS on the iPhone: world wide turn by turn navigation on the iPhone. Available now in 22 languages and 43 text to speech voices. And it’s almost free.

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  4. Uncle Bernie Friday, April 23, 2010

    It’s a damn good thing it’s not. It requires constant internet connection-wifi-and there is NOWHERE that can happen.

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  5. In fact recent changes to the Android version of Google Maps Navigation now does a pre-cache of the entire route. Meaning it only needs a data connection when calculating the route.

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  6. I dont get why everyone is so excited/pissed off with this whole affair. You can use the basic google maps application as a sat nav anyway.

    Just plan your route, and once it shows you the overview of your route, just press the “my location” button in the bottom left corner. All you have to do then is drive along the coloured line while the phone tracks your position!

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  7. Garmin (turn by turn navigation) is not on the iPhone. If it were I’d be buying it immediately!

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  8. “We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we’ve had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all.”

    That is not actually a denial that it will be coming to iPhone, just a denial that they’ve said it definitely will, which is an entirely different matter.

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