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  • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Coming to Maps... Someday


    The Google Maps mobile app brought GPS mapping to a lot of people who would never have bought a standalone device. Jailbreakers have had turn-by-turn navigation for the better part of a year with xGPS, but Google has been dragging their feet. Finally, they announced Google Maps Navigation last year, but only for Android. Today, however, in a press conference in London, Google said it will bring free turn-by-turn to the iPhone, along with other mobile devices... but didn't say when.

    At the press conference, which was meant to announce the release of UK mapping for Google Maps Navigation, Maps product manager Steve Lee explained that - unlike standalone devices or other mobile phone GPS navigators - Google's app doesn't do the route planning itself. Instead, it pushes that task to Google's cloud, improving speed of calculation and using Google's (hopefully) accurate best-path algorithm. However, it does mean that you need a data connection while you're planning your route, though not when you're driving. "If you intermittently lose the connection," Lee said, "it will still carry on, as long as you stay on the route."

    The company's spokespeople seemed to relish the anxiety their free product would likely cause to competitors like TomTom or Garmin. “Google prides itself on innovating in markets that have been stagnant for a while,” boasted Hugo Barra, the company's director of mobile products. “I think navigation is a good example. It will be good for users.”
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Turn-By-Turn Navigation Coming to Maps... Someday started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      never going to happen..
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by FoneWeasel View Post
      TomTom and others are still going to be better. Google's routing sucks. It's very basic and far from the fastest. On a trip from Minneapolis to St. Louis, the Google directions would have taken 70 miles/1 hour longer vs those of TomTom for iPhone. From St. Louis to Madison once again it was over an hour longer should I have followed Google's directions. Stick with a company that specializes in routing rather then one that's trying to do a little bit of everything at once.
      That's strange. Not that I don't believe you but I have driven cross country a couple of times and to various places in between and google routes my maps almost the same way, or at least VERY similar. We tend to load up directions through google on ou phones just in case there is spotty satellite signal on the GPS. There is always the risk of a GPS App not giving you the BEST way possible. I know we used it in town a lot when we first moved here but came up with plenty of "short cuts", if you want to call them that, which got us to our destination much faster than any GPS would.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Wasn't this supposed to come to iPhone natively or am I on coke? I thought this was a big thing in the past and Apple made some hoopla about it?

      Maybe I'm thinking of TomTom..
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bencjedi View Post
      WAZE is available for non-jailbroken iPhones and offers turn by turn right now. It consumes less battery than XGPS does on the jailbroken iPhones and is smarter in traffic shaping because it utilizes its own social network by Waze users automatically collecting traffic data as they drive around a given area. This is fed into the Waze servers to dynamically route you to your destination. User entered traffic conditions are also considered. A great app!

      And did I mention WAZE is free?
      I prefer MotionX GPS Drive. The app is only $0.99 and has inexpensive fees for turn-by-turn directions. I tried Waze a while back and wasn't a fan. Too cartoony and the directions weren't the best. Upon reading reviews of the latest version, perhaps I'll give it another try.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I use Navigon myself.... just had problems with two of Apples new iPhones... of course they gave me their so called new ones.. finally after two of them I can use Navigon again and get phone calls... The guys in the Apple store told me that I should not depend on any app like Navigon or Maps that are on the phone so I guess this is another one we should not depend on.... I looked at the guy and said why do we have apps like this then? I used Navigon from Michigan to Oklahoma and had no problems at all....
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I use Navigon myself.... just had problems with two of Apples new iPhones... of course they gave me their so called new ones.. finally after two of them I can use Navigon again and get phone calls... The guys in the Apple store told me that I should not depend on any app like Navigon or Maps that are on the phone so I guess this is another one we should not depend on.... I looked at the guy and said why do we have apps like this then? I used Navigon from Michigan to Oklahoma and had no problems at all....
      The Navigon software is definitely my favorite overall. I have it installed on my actual GPS in my car. For the iPhone though, I'd rather go the cheaper route.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      a litte too late,but thanks google lol.
    1. viettho's Avatar
      viettho -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      a litte too late,but thanks google lol.
      It's never too late to have a good (maybe better) map navigation.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      The free Mapquest app is pretty dang good, but I like the Google Maps interface better. I hope they release this with 4.0 because I think it'll be awesome!
    1. Tower72's Avatar
      Tower72 -
      Alittle late but awesome for those who have yet to get a GPS app. I too use Navigon and love the heck out of it(tho my car has Navi in the Pioneer unit lol). Ive also tried G-Maps and XGPS but ill stick with Navigon.
    1. David-S's Avatar
      David-S -
      Navigon is amazing. I used it on a 1000 mile trip from missouri to texas and it worked better than my buddies standalone garmin
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      I haven't run into this issue with Navigon yet, but I was going somewhere on the other side of Houston and used the Maps app for reference and my half hour drive turned into an hour and a half drive because I found myself at a toll bridge with no cash so I had to jackass myself around trying to figure out a way across the river because the Maps app didn't alert me that there was a toll road involved in the directions it gave me.

      tl;dr I really hope the turn-by-turn app alerts you if there's a toll road in the directions it gives you otherwise its a no-go for me
    1. Jgamble317's Avatar
      Jgamble317 -
      pretty neat.
      stop teasing me with the iphone 4g lol
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Why even mention xGPS? Those of us that remember that junk shouldn't have to relive those darker times. Yikes! Anyhow, free up-to-date traffic and real-time recalculation (assuming data link). This would be great on the iPhone!
    1. milesneptune's Avatar
      milesneptune -
      i want turn by turn
    1. jacobthejokester's Avatar
      jacobthejokester -
      this looks shooped.jpg
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      dude when do we get books?
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      For those that missed it, Google confirmed they never did state it would come to the iPhone. The article in question got their facts mixed up. I wouldn't get your hopes up for a 4.0 turn by turn Google Maps app. From Google...

      “We did not say we would bring it to iPhone, we said to date we’ve had it on Android and that in the future it may come to other platforms but did not confirm this will be coming to iPhone at all.”

      Personally I use NAVIGON and never had a problem with it. The only drawback to NAVIGON besides the price is that the maps are not updated OTA. However the good thing is all the map data is stored locally on your device which is nice if you don't have a data signal.

      Google Maps is updated OTA (as far as the map data goes) so their maps are fairly accurate and you get most of the world without having to shell out extra cash for different countries. Problem is they don't route the fastest/best possible route. Also there is no automatic re-route that you get with NAVIGON (and TOM TOM). No data signal means no Google Maps.

      So there are advantages and drawbacks with each.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Can't beat free! Google and Apple was have issues with eachother. We'll prolly see this when the 4.0 cones out maybe.
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      IF it comes out I'll be pleased until then I'll use 3rd party apps