“Walking Navigation lets you use GPS navigation with walking directions that are more direct and use pedestrian pathways when we know about them”, wrote Google’s Andrey Ulanov and Kevin Law in a blog post.
“Walking Navigation has a few changes that help when you’re on your feet”, they added. “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.”
There is not a great deal of innovation in this pedestrian mode, but it is an interesting testimonial of how Google is step by step enlarging the feature set of its off-board navigation software.