US: Google Maps Navigation and Google Mobile App, now offer navigation in 11 more European countries and voice search in four new languages. Google Maps Navigation 4.2 for Android has been expanded and now does voice-guided navigation on the roads of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. It already works in the UK.
Google Maps Navigation 4.2 is available for phones running Android 1.6 and up. It preloads the needed data when you start the trip, so even if the data connection drops, it will continue guiding you. Another upgrade is the support for new languages in Search by voice. It works both on Google Maps Navigation for searching for destinations and in the Google Mobile App for general web searches.
The newly supported languages are French, German, Italian and Spanish. Google notes that if you speak German in Austria, French in Switzerland, or Spanish in Mexico the system might not quite be able to handle your accent.
Unlike Google Maps Navigation though, the Google Mobile App is available for the majority of smartphone platforms – Android, iPhone OS, uh sorry, iOS, Symbian and BlackBerry OS. S60 and BlackBerry users can get the app by opening m.google.com on their phone, while Android and iPhone users can check their respective app stores.