Google has updated its Google Maps for Android app and added Walking Navigation (Beta) to help perambulating phone users find their way around town.
Their new Walking Navigation feature “lets you use GPS navigation with walking directions that are more direct and use pedestrian pathways when we know about them.”
Conveniently, the app also comes with the option to turn off voice commands so you’re not broadcasting the fact that you be a stranger to these ‘ere parts.
Here’s Google to explain how it all works:
To try it now, choose the “Walking” option from the Navigation icon. Walking Navigation has a few changes that help when you’re on your feet. For example, your phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn. You can even turn off voice guidance and just use these notifications while soaking in the sights and sounds around you.
To help you orient yourself with your surroundings, the map will rotate with you as you turn the phone, and walking mode uses satellite view by default. Use it like a virtual compass with satellite imagery to look ahead or help pick out landmarks along the way.
Google are keen to stress the service is still in beta so if it guides you over a cliff into a pool of man eating piranhas and angry Cardiff City supporters, well, that’s your look out.