Google Navigation is gone!?!

Wow, my phone gave me a little scare this morning!  I got up early to get ready for a day-trip we’re going on today to a place I haven’t been before, so I was going to check Google Navigation to see how long it will take to get there, and it was gone!!  After some digging and not finding the icon anywhere on my phone, I remembered that I was able to always get to it from Google Maps as well.  So then I looked for Google Maps.  Luckily, THAT one was still there.  And there it was, now apparently embedded within Google Maps.  Upon further googling, I found that it has ALWAYS been integrated in Google Maps, they just provided a separate icon to go directly to the Navigation feature.  Sheesh.  So why take away the icon?  Why not leave it and just have it launch the same app?  Nevermind, I use Nova Launcher so I can actually do that myself.

It looks good though.  I love the new features so far.  Since Google bought Waze (the only other navigation app I really like) it looks like they just integrated a lot of the features of Waze into Maps now.  I’ll see how it does today, on our trip.  I’ll be using it like crazy today.  Now I can’t wait to see if they include the “goodies” pickups and points from Waze over the holidays, and what they actually do with the Waze app itself!

UPDATE: 7/14/13 – Well, our day trip is over.  I used the new navigation in Google Maps a great deal yesterday, and I must say, something is wrong with it.  It’s “glitchy”.  The entire time, as I drove, the map objects were flickering and jumping from place to place on the screen.  This included the road and building text as well as some of the background graphic blocks, like grass sections.  Sometimes large blocks covering large chunks of the screen, like from top to bottom of the right third of the screen would just start flashing rapidly.  It made it very annoying and hard to use.  I tried a photo reboot, and also closed all other apps, but nothing helped.  I hope there’s an update soon to fix this.  It’s really intolerable, and I’ll have to go back to using Waze until they fix it.