We're getting mixed messages from Google this morning. Yesterday in London a Google rep said free turn-by-turn satellite navigation, already available on the company's Android platform, was coming to the iPhone. Not so fast, says a different Googler to PC World this morning:
"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."Was that a collective sigh of relief we just heard coming from old-guard GPSers such as Garmin and Tom Tom? Maybe, but turn-by-turn navigation from Google on the iPhone seems inevitable. It must be frustrating for Garmin, selling standalone GPS navigation systems for around $500, and then five years later a massive competitor decides to offer the same thing for free.
In any case, navigation on a mobile device that you're already carrying around anyway makes a lot of sense — as long as you can find a convenient way to mount it on your dashboard and keep it plugged into your car's accessory outlet, since the iPhone GPS systems we've tested are all huge battery hogs.