The latest Google Maps app has the navigation function in-built. The navigation "app" was always integrated into Maps. The blue icon was just a separate entry point into that maps.
If you select a destination, look at the bottom of the screen where it says navigate and you will recognize what comes up next.
Since the OP's question was dated back in mid-summer of 2012, things have changed a bit with Maps and has been updated since.
In agreement with other answerer's who have pointed out you can download the maps for offline usage, no calculation is needed, if using Maps, what I found actually surprised me, the GPS navigation still works even if off-line and not ...
As far as I know and based on my testings with the same concern, I came to the conclusion that it doesn't update the route based on traffic or any other reasons.
I even took an alternative route that I knew it was faster in rush hour conditions and the navigator was still trying to reroute me back to its original route, considering that faster due to speed ...
Google doesn't do this automatically, but you can ask it to do it.
In traffic view, there is a button in the lower right hand corner (looks like 2 diverging arrows (one dashed) both leading to a destination pin).
In turn by turn view, press Menu then Routes and Alternatives, and the same alternate routes button will show up second from the right.
Okay, I did a brief test the other day... only drove about 80 miles, ... obviously longer drives would give better averaging samples.
But from my short drive, it seems that Maps navigation uses roughly 1 MB for every 10 miles.
If you are referring to the Google Maps Android application (aka maps), the star option is available from within the location details:
Open the "maps" app;
Search or navigate to the desired location;
Tap over the balloon with the location name;
After the location options page opens, you'll find on the top/right corner a star;
Tap the star and that ...
Aside from rooting (temporarily or permanently), you can't disable the system apps prior to Android 4. Your particular case may have a ray of hope, though.
Alternate app responding to Intent
If the navigation app is responding to an Intent, you could try to find a different app that responds to the same Intent. You'd get a pop-up to choose which app to ...
You could also give Locus Map Free a try. This app can import GPX fine as well, and you can use the track as "route" to be navigated on. From the app's description:
Voice navigation & guiding
full support for Online voice navigation
voice & notification guiding on single waypoint (by compass or on the map) and along path
The solution I use for similar situation is Trekbuddy. I am sure you will discard the idea of using this app if you didn't understand it well. Hence, read through its description in its Play site and their forums. It requires little homework before any such serious use. But once you know your way (pun intended ) through the application, it will be a breeze....
It most likely will work, depending on a few facts:
your device must have GPS built-in
you must have the map data downloaded while connected to WiFi (e.g. using Maps (-) Offline Navigation, which fills Google Map's cache)
for navigation, you must have calculated the route in advance
I'm not sure whether Google Maps supports pre-calculation for navigation --...
First of all make sure you have turned your GPS (if available) and data connection turned on. This helps the device to get your precise location easily.
When using the app, make sure that you don't touch your devices screen by mistake. This often happens even without you knowing it and causes the map to tilt, losing the automatic center alignment of your ...
Hard to say without knowing which device and firmware version we're talking about, so what follows is my speculation.
I have a Garmin Nuvi which continues navigating in a tunnel, turns and all, despite losing its satellite reception. Mine doesn't switch to night mode, but it clearly knows it is in a tunnel from the map data. Since loss of reception is a ...
Cuesheet paired with http://ridewithgps.com works well. On the website, you can easily plan/modify a travelling route that will then be imported in CueSheet.
The route can be very complicated with many twists and turns. English turn by turn instructions are created at the same time. Also, you can insert your own instructions in the list if you want. After ...
You just need to access "My Location" in Maps.
Click the "location" button in the bottom right corner to have the map scroll to your location. (Obviously you need to have Location Services turned on.) The button will turn blue and there will be a glowing blue dot at your location.
Tap the button again and the view will change to "compass mode", a partial-...
The best answer would be for GOOGLE TO PLEASE FIX IT so we can have an option to turn street name speaking on or off regardless of the chosen system language and the chosen Google Maps spoken language (they should be functionally separate).
However, this is the only current work-around I have been able to discover:
the solution is simply to change your ...
It is definitely possible to do what you want, although it needs a couple of things done, which may or may not be viable to you.
You will need to use Link2SD to link all data related to Google Maps onto your SD card (or just the data(ext) in your case should do the job).
However, using Link2SD requires (1) your phone to be rooted, and (2) a second ...
It seems to work fine for me.
Try updating your Google app.
Try enabling Google Settings > Accounts & privacy > Personal results and Contact recognition. Alternatively, you can get to Google Settings from the bottom of the Google Now app (you may have to scroll down).
If all you want is a British voice, then you don't have to downgrade from Google Maps version 9.32.1, there's another way:
SETTINGS > LANGUAGE AND INPUT > LANGUAGE > English (United Kingdom)
This changes the language settings for the entire phone, but I haven't noticed any major difference, but I do love having a British girl's voice give me driving ...
After you enter the starting point and destination, the app gives you the possible routes. On that screen the best route has a start navigation option; selecting this causes the app to crash. Instead select the route you prefer and then hit the start arrow at the bottom right corner. Works for me.
As I mentioned in my comment, upon further research I found that "Follow me" feature or "Navigation without destination set" was removed from the latest release of Android map app.
Following someone else's advice I am switching (at least for now). to the Waze app
In the new Google Maps app we finally have this feature.
From this post on the official Google blog:
Enhanced navigation: In addition to current traffic conditions, we’ve added two new features to help you navigate around traffic. You can now see reports of problems on the road that you can tap to see incident details. While on the road, Google Maps will ...