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Google launches navigation app in MENA countries

Algeria: Google’s navigation application can now be used in nine MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries according to a report published in Tech2. The countries include Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan and Algeria. Google has also released a video that shows the navigation app being used in Arabic.

Google Maps Navigation takes advantage of long-standing features of Google Maps for mobile. These features include powerful Google search and voice search capabilities, which allow users to find local destinations by typing or speaking an address or business name. Google’s search tools go a distance in assisting the user. For instance, ambiguous queries and words that are misspelled are corrected and clarified without requiring the user to enter an exact address, and the optimal route from origin to destination is quickly calculated.

Google Maps Navigation, an Internet-connected GPS navigation system, offers users turn-by-turn voice-guided driving directions and it has been a free feature of Google Maps for mobile on smartphones running Android version 2.2 or later. As part of the Google Maps for mobile application, Google Maps Navigation accesses the latest information about roads and points of interest from Google’s online mapping services automatically, without the need for any manual data updates.

Source: Tech2