So now we move on to the Note 3.
The first thing I noticed was that there was no dedicated app for Google Navigation. I looked on the Google Play store and I didn't find it there either. So when I checked Google Map app, I saw that that was the only way I could access the navigation feature. Personally, I'm not a fan of Google deciding to merge to two apps together, but I guess in the long run, it'll make sense over time.
Now, another issue I noticed when I first used the navigation feature was the HUGE lack of options navigation is missing. Like I said previously, the OG Note had a lot of features and options that let you tweak how you wanted to set your routes. But the Note 3's navigation 'options' are almost bare-bones! On the settings tab on the lower left hand side, the options you have are things like Google location settings, distance units, and maps history; So I'm like "what the hell?!" So then, when I set my route, I try to see if the options are imbedded in the GPS map screen when you start to use the GPS nav, but.... there's only 4 options (route preview, step-by-step list, mute voice guidance, and satellite view ). What the hell happened to the other options?! Is there some way to get to the other options that I'm not aware of? I really hope so.
Now, as I start to drive to the destination I had set for my route, I notice even MORE issues. First thing I notice to my dismay is that the GPS voice sounds... off (and that's putting it nicely). It just sounds muffled and to me, it seems like the voice doesn't finish the end of the words properly - kind of off putting, IMO. Also, I noticed that when I stopped my vehicle, the little blue triangle that indicates your position on the map tends to move slightly more forward before it completely stops movement. Also, I saw that while at a complete stop, the map starts to go in circles, leading one to believe that the routes changed on the fly (I can see this as a problem if one were to look away from the screen for a bit, and then once you move, the map fixes it's direction again, and that could lead to some confusion while you're trying to momentarily figure out what happened).
So there you have it. That's my experience with the Note 3's newer version of Google Maps. Perhaps It's my phone that's having issues with it's GPS functions. So I'd like to know from others here if they're having similar issues with their navigation.