Google has announced that Australian Android users will soon be able to access Google Maps Navigation; free turn-by-turn GPS navigation system, starting Wednesday this week. The application has already been released to users in USA and most parts of Europe over the past one year.
The company is reported to have sent out invitations to the local press notifying them about the launch event. The invite reads,
“What happens when your personal navigation device is powered by Google? We’d like to invite you to the launch of an exciting mobile update – Google Maps Navigation (Beta)”
The announcements are expected to be made by Andrew Foster, product manager for Maps at Google. According to sources, the company is also talking to officials in Apple over bringing the new Google Maps Navigation to Australian iOS owners.
Google fans in Australia may look forward to owning a Nexus One by next month. According to rumors stoked from a chat between a customer and a Vodafone customer service rep, the Nexus One could be headed down under for a mid-to-late June launch.
Google has been having a pretty tough time selling its phones to carriers who have been opting for newer HTC handsets like Droid Incredible over a handset launched “way back” in January of this year. Yes, the development on the Android front is that fast, plus HTC is on a war-drive..
[via Whirlpool forums]
There were reports early last year that Google was planning on setting up a data center in Australia. However, the bad economy had meant the Mountain View based company had to shelf the plans for the moment.
However, it appears that the company is still contemplating the move. According to ZDNet Australia, Deepak Ramanathan, the head of Google’s enterprise marketing arm in Asia Pacific had indicated that the company was still in discussions over the issue. Quoting Ramanathan, ZDNet writes
“For us to say this is the right path is difficult,” he said, saying the search giant was not ruling out an Australian datacentre for services like Gmail, and that discussions were ongoing.
Google has been expanding its reach among the Australian enterprises and many companies have expressed a need to host sensitive data within the country’s datacenters. This is noted to be the primary reason behind Google’s interest in setting up a local datacenter. Not much information is known about the move, which we will update as and when it happens.
[via ZDNet Australia]