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All posts tagged "navigation"


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Google Maps Celebrates 50 Billion KM with a New Look

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...le+Mobile+Blog)

"So far, Navigation on Google Maps for Android has provided 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions...In today’s release of Google Maps 6.5 for Android we’ve redesigned the Navigation home screen in Android 4.0+ to make it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right."

The latest version of Google Maps makes some interface changes and can now take advantage of all the qHD (540x960) and HD (720x1280) displays out there on new high end phones. They specifically mention Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II (which should not be in the list since it has a very unimpressive resolution of 480x800), and Droid Razr. I guess the interface changes only apply to devices with Ice Cream Sandwich but the high resolution support works on Gingerbread too. I'm actually surprised they had to do anything special to take advantage of high resolution displays since they switched to using vector based rendering a number of versions ago - at least I thought. Anyway, I'm glad they did the right thing now!

Anyone out there with a Galaxy Nexus have any comment on the interface changes? Did anyone with a qHD or HD device try out the maps with the new version and care to comment on any improvement?


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GoogleGoogle Says ByeBye To TomTom

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

http://phandroid.com/2011/06/08/rum...avigation-soon/

"TomTom, NDRIVE, CoPilot and Garmin have all just collectively cowered in fear as rumor has it Google is set to provide true offline navigation this summer. A player inside the Dutch telecom industry apparently reveal as much to All About Phones, a Dutch site focused on mobile."

I've not used stand-alone GPS software since I got my Nexus One. 99% of the places I travel have wireless service so I haven't really needed off-line maps. I have to say though, the ability to use Google Maps for navigation while off the grid will be awesome! No clue if this will just be some massive caching or if there will be an option to download all of Google's map data to your SD card. Either way I am excited. The route caching added in the last big update was wonderful for those trips that always manage to have a dead section of road or two but fill blown off-line map access will be wonderful. Alas, poor TomTom. I knew him well.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Add GPS Navigation To Your Nook Color Via Your Other Android Device?!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 04:30 PM

http://reviewhorizon.com/2011/03/te...hout-bluetooth/

"This is very interesting if it works as advertised. ComptonSoft just launched an application that brings GPS navigation to Nook Color (and presumably other Android tablets without GPS) not by using Bluetooth how it normally happens but by using WiFi tethering from your Android Phone."

Got a Nook Color hacked to run full blown Android? Want to use it as your in-dash navigation system? Well now you can. The biggest problem with getting GPS connected to the Nook was the lack of Bluetooth but now software developer ComptonSoft has managed to get that GPS data piped across a WiFi connection from your Android phone to your Nook. Any of you guys out there with a modified Nook looking to give this a try?


Friday, February 18, 2011

Map It With MapQuest

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

https://market.android.com/details?...est.android.ace

MapQuest has developed a version of it's popular navigation tool for Android with turn by turn directions and voice capabilities. The voice search and voice guided directions make this navigation app hands free. Plus, it has places of interest buttons conveniently located at the bottom of the screen for quick look up of gas stations, restaurants, shopping and more. Perfect for finding a nearby gas station to thwart those mid-trip munchies!


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