In pictures: 8 mobile OS features you saw on Android first

On the eve of Android’s fifth birthday, it’s time to give the little green guy the respect he deserves.

Free turn-by-turn directions In 2009, Google managed to get a leg up on the mobile industry by offering free turn-by-turn directions in the Google Maps app for Android. The app was based on Google’s preexisting Maps data and offered extra bits such as real-time traffic information, satellite view and Street View, and the ability to search for popular restaurants and places either by text input or voice.

Google only recently made its turn-by-turn functionality available on iOS, perhaps in response to the fact that Apple’s own implementation launched with quite a few snags.

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