Google releases turn by turn navigation on Android phones in the Middle East and North Africa

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here. Google has finally enabled turn by turn navigation using Google Maps on Android phones in the UAE.  It was late last year that public transit information was made available on Google Maps, and you’ve also been able to get directions and map routes on Google maps for a while now. Now with voice assisted navigation, your Android phone becomes a full fledged GPS device.

In addition to navigating to search results in Google Maps, the dedicated Navigation app (which is likely to be pre-installed on your Android phone) lets you type in or ‘speak’ a destination. The engine powering Navigation is the same one that powers Google Now and all other things voice recognition on Android. Not only does it do an amazing job of recognizing what you’re saying, but the speech output is extremely natural too.

Navigation also lets you select a friend right from the app and navigate to their place – provided you or they have input their address.

It’s great to see Google show some love to the region.

 Update – The roll-out is actually for the entire Middle East and North Africa. Link to Press Release here




  1. Mohit Jivani

    This, I think, is the first time I’ve acquired tech news directed towards this region, and boy do I love it. Hoping for more of these!

  2. Bhavishya Kanjhan

    Absolutely Mohit. I feel like this region has got the second class treatment for a very long time. Hoping the features and updates come to this region as quick as we see them arrive in the western markets.

  3. Read it here first, i wouldn’t have scrambled to fire up Nav otherwise!! subscribed!

  4. Shakir Abdul Wahab

    A regular update for the maps will be highly appreciated..

  5. Shakir Abdul Wahab

    Also the voice feels kinda robotic which needs to be worked on as well…

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