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If you should suddenly find yourself stranded in a tiny out-of-the-way country after a Nathan Drake-style adventure this holiday season (or maybe if you live there, I guess), take heart in the knowledge that at least your Android phone knows its way home. Google has added 25 new countries to Google Maps Navigation this week, from the landlocked European nation of Andorra all the way to Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Here's the full list of new countries:

  • Andorra
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Croatia
  • Djibouti
  • Gabon
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Congo
  • Samoa
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Most of the new additions are in Africa, though the rest are scattered across the globe as if some Google engineer was choosing them via the dartboard method. All of the new countries have all major roads mapped and available for turn-by-turn navigation, unlike some nations (including Algeria, Bahrain, and Russia) where navigation is only available in certain regions. All told, Google Maps Navigation is now available in 99 different countries, despite still being labeled as "beta" on the Google support page.

Source: Google Maps Support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    If I'm not mistaken, the whole world has access to the Play Store, it's only paid apps that are unavailable in some countries.
    So, if you live in any of those countries and own a Google-certified Android device, you'll still get updates for Google Maps.

    • jan klassan

      Navigation...

    • RadarJammer

      Play Store is not available in China.

      • Jose Marie Maquinay

        Play Store works in China. it just can't be officially installed on the locally available phones, even if the International version has it.

      • bprichard

        It's available. No paid apps, though. Thankfully, as long as you have a US credit card, you can get it to work. It wasn't that way in the past.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      You're right, I was looking at the paid apps portal. I removed that paragraph.

  • Zulqarnain Nizamani

    No, Pakistan......:(

    • Guest

      are there roads??? because you know...al-qaeda, taliban...??? they blow stuff...right???

      • Jaime

        OMG you are so stupid.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You must be confusing the road situation with your redneck town.

      • abobobilly

        You sir, are being perfectly well played by your media. Stay happy while being brain washed.

        But to answer your question, YES there are roads with pretty good infrastructure overall.

      • yousaf465

        Yes we do have some of the most beautiful roads in the world. such as M-2 Motorway. http://www.fun4chill.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Asia-Highest-Bridge-.....jpg

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        No no, that's American drones.

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Tbh I wonder the same thing, but I think it has to do with Pakistan being mostly mapped by the community rather than by google.
      Google needs to make sure that its okay before flipping on the switch for navigation.

      Do I seem to be making any sense :/

      http://tribune.com.pk/story/390730/google-maps-faisalabad-mapped-almost-like-any-american-city/

    • abobobilly

      Google have released in Bangladesh so I think they'll release it in Pakistan sooner or later.

  • Miiiiiiii

    Croatia finall :)

  • Kam Siu

    wow finally took a while for google maps to hit puerto rico!

    • lfeuln

      Seriously, it was just wrong to have it absent. Good news for my relatives!

  • Karlo

    Finnaly Croatia!!!

    • Nikola Sokol

      Da, konačno. Pa nismo mi tamo neka vukojebina :-)

      • SyncV2

        Da, Street View imamo vec preko godinu dana, ali tek sad ovo. Jos da dopuste kupovanje uređaja na Play Storeu da ne moram loviti ljude po Europi da mi kupe Nexus svake godine.

        • Daniel

          Kod nas u komsiluju, Srbija, ima Nexusa u slobodnoj prodaji gde god hoces. Apsolutno mi nije jasno zbog cega ga nema kod vas...

          • Karlo

            Ima kod nas kupiti Nexus mobitela ali je prepreskupo u slobodnoj prodaji.
            Pogledaj cijene na Svijet Medija i sve će ti biti jasno.
            A Vipnet jedini prodaje Nexus mobitele na ugovor al jako kasne a uz to SIMlockani su i imaju VIPov OS build broj(Galaxy Nexus je imao yakjuxw build) a time te forsiraju da nemožeš dobiti update direktno od Googlea nego ako to oni odobre stavljajući te u rang s bloatanim Samsung uređajima(S3,S4,itd..).

          • Daniel

            Ništa novo druže. Provajderi su uvek bili ovakvi i uvek će i biti. Najmanja briga su im korisnici. Ali tako je kako je trenutno. Nešto drastično se ni sa ove ni sa one strane grane neće promeniti bar još par godina. A do tada ćemo sami printati svoje uređaje. :-)

          • Karlo

            Istina.Isto sam doživio s VIPnetom.Samo se hvale po TVu kao da su naj u svemu a zapravo su prosječni to jest malo bolji od Tele2.
            Bratu su mi usrali GS3 jer su požurivali sa 4.3 updateom(Samsung priznao i povukao OTA i firmware).
            I sad ih kao boli neka stvar što se mobitel uspori ili se resetira,bitno da su oni prvi ažurirali,jebeš posljedice.

      • Jazavchar

        Zato Bosne ni na mapi. Bukvalno :D

        • Karlo

          Trebate pozvat Sergej Brina i Larry Pagea na ćevape,možda vam se onda smiluju?

          • Jazavchar

            Bujrum ko god hoće!

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        Yes yes, Niko Kranjčar and Luka Modrić!

    • jujuju

      Kako namjestiti da teta priča hrvatski a mobitel i dalje bude na engleskom?

      • Karlo

        Stavi na HR jezik i pokreni navigaciju.Nakon toga prebaci na US Eng i to je jedini način.
        Svaki put ćeš morat tako inače će se forsirat teta iz US Eng

  • Roberto V

    I don't see any Central American countries listed there...Is that a typo in the title?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It was because of Haiti, but as it turns out, that is technically North America (Caribbean), not Central, even though they're very close. Fixed.

      • Roberto V

        No worries! Thanks for looking into it.

  • kishan

    Google, Did you try India? :-)

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Doesn't India have it already?? I thought it did.

    • Rahul

      What? India's had it since 2012.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Google maps for India is actually quite good

  • Ahasan

    Thanks, google.
    Bangladesh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.damiani.pr Tony Damiani

    Finally Puerto Rico! :D

  • Melih Özcan

    Turkey ?

  • Ratan Parai

    They remove some of the country name from supported list with Bangladesh and Still getting "Google Maps Navigation is not yet available in this location" :here :(

  • humble African

    Cool Africa not ignored for a change. For traffic direction wonder if Google is using historical satellite data. In some cities many new roads every year..now can t wait "show traffic" feature to work!

  • Guest

    Haiti :D

    • theSkywalker

      It worked on the way to DR, but hasn't yet worked in Haiti - iPhone 4S (iOS 7.0.4) looking for an answer. I tried in Washington as well last week, didn't work 😖

  • Karlo

    For all people that are crying that there is no offline maps for their new navigation via Google Maps.
    Just type "OK maps" and its done!
    If you want to delete offline maps just go Settings>Apps>GoogleMaps and delete cache

  • Faysal Ahmed

    Bangladesh , ya hoooo

  • Pygar

    Is navigation on maps v.7 still completely useless? After Google kindly upgraded my perfect 6.x version without warning me the navigation lagged about 30 yards and had lost any sense of intuitive user experience.

  • Pygar

    Pre-caching is also useless on 7, it was bad enough on 6 with only 10 areas cacheable but now having to search for each location is just silly. How about Google adding functionality to simply cache an entire route of driving directions or is that far too sensible?

  • gamava

    Stopped working for Puerto Rico...? Any reason why?

  • Tere Santos

    when will google road trip all the beautiful cities in Puerto Rico? I have tried using the street level feature in Puerto Rico on the map and there is no data.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/tuniturntablist Omar DmX

    Just tested in Tunisia and it's not working.

  • Hamza Mechmeche

    It dosen't work in tunisia :(