I'd previously posted about Orange Maps being now available for the HTC Hero. http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/516884/orange-maps-are-now-available-for-t?p=6758874#post6758874
"Momagic" pointed out on that thread that Google Navigation would be free and therefore Orange Maps wouldnt be needed - (credit therefore to Momagic).
I wasnt sure what that meant to went a-googling about Google Navigation and it looks great.
To save anyone else from having to search - it has just been announced that the HTC Hero will be getting the 2.0 upgrade (codename Eclaire) although a release date hasn't been announced it looks as if it will be out before the end of the year.http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=15823&news=HTC+Hero+Sprint+Android+2.0
This will be a major upgrade and included will be "Google Navigation" which looks excellent & will likely blow Orange Maps out of the water.http://gizmodo.com/5393935/google-na...r-from-perfect
Most reviews also indicate that this development may have a huge impact on the "traditional" Sat-Nav market - why pay for a seperate device when you can have something that does it all for free. Apparently Since the announcement of Google Navigation Tom-Tom share prices have taken a hit.
To be honest once Google Navigation is out the only plus point that Orange Maps will have is that any downloads they need to work are free on selected plans - I'm not sure how much data Google Navigation will use & therefore potentially cost. (Fingers crossed that its download needs are minimal).
Amazing what they can do nowadays - innit