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  • Turn By Turn Voice Navigation on iPhone. Really! Not a Rumor!


    I had some places to get to today and had the opportunity to try out the newest beta 1.2 of xGPS for turn by turn directions with voice navigation while driving to my destinations. It was a pleasure to use and I got where I was going on time without issue. If you haven't jailbroken yet this is yet another reason why you need to. TomTom and TeleNav haven't been able to get the turn by turn voice nav out the door (presumably because of Apple's restrictions) but for jailbreakers a public version of xGPS with both turn by turn and voice nav will be out via the MMi Cydia repo later this month -- maybe even as soon as February 20th!

    Features/Specs/Thoughts
    • The voice navigation is great. The voice engine is pretty accurate and although it has some issues with a few words and abbreviations for the most part the voice directions are clear and easily understandable. It also will provide voice directions while music is playing though for me this feature needs to ability to mute the music while giving directions before it will be practical - I just couldn't understand the directions while music was playing.
    • The turn by turn instructions are basically Google Maps directions. They are accurate in a lot of places and I can't fault them most the time. Turn by turn is initiated by pressing the magnifying glass at the bottom of the app and then either searching for something to get directions to or entering in an address. In the future I'd like to see the search list results in a more friendly fashion with distance to the results etc.
    • Night mode. Who wants to have a bright white screen shining at you while driving at night? The latest beta of xGPS includes a night mode feature with automatically turns on between 8pm and 7am or turns on by a timer which you can set manually. The night mode screen is pretty click looking with a black/purple background and streets.
    • Maps Manager. If you're going to a location and are worried that the network wont be fast enough to download maps while you're moving you can use the map manager to download maps ahead of time. A simple menu allows you to select an area to download by creating a red box. Pretty simple. There is also a desktop client for both Windows and Mac allowing you to download and manage maps on your computer before uploading to the iPhone.
    • For iPhone 1st Generation and iPod Touch users you aren't out of luck. xGPS supports a number of external GPS modules including the iGPS360 from the xGPS hardware partner Orangegadgets.com
    • There are a lot more features to go into detail about including the ability to set miles or km, latitude and longitude, lots of language support, landscape view, etc. Check out the screenshots below for a peek.
    • edit: I may have forgotten to mention the price tag of Free
    Keep your eyes out in Cydia for xGPS version 1.2 coming soon. For more information check out their blog and forums. You can also get the previous version 1.1 of their repo @ cydia.xwaves.net but it doesn't include voice navigation among some other features.

    Some pics


    Video of xGPS in action.



    LESS exciting but related
    We got a tip about another iPhone turn-by-turn app that is set to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress and Exhibition on February 19th. The folks at Sygic are known for their GPS software on other platforms but we have no details about their iPhone app except for the image below (click for full size)

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Turn By Turn Voice Navigation on iPhone. Really! Not a Rumor! started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 272 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by radiomean View Post
      PS today is 1st March ....
      Maybe where you are but it's already the afternoon of the 2nd March here....
    1. aaauustiinnn's Avatar
      aaauustiinnn -
      March 2nd! Now just release it =)
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      I just edited it; my watch had decided it was a leap year ;-))
    1. letterdevil's Avatar
      letterdevil -
      Just got the word from the xgps Mod Thomas... It should up on the ModMyI cydia repo sometime between 2-4 EST..

      Cant wait for it!!!!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by radiomean View Post
      I just edited it; my watch had decided it was a leap year ;-))
      That's not good - you've just lost a whole day

      I lost a day once but found it later - it had fallen down the back of the settee....

      Quote Originally Posted by letterdevil View Post
      Just got the word from the xgps Mod Thomas... It should up on the ModMyI cydia repo sometime between 2-4 EST..

      Cant wait for it!!!!
      Thomas just said 'this afternoon' someone else said '2-4 pm?' - I assume they are both EST which seems to be 5 hours behind GMT
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      Come and live in Europe where we have *sensible* time not the funny stuff u have across the pond.... ;-))
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by radiomean View Post
      Come and live in Europe where we have *sensible* time not the funny stuff u have across the pond.... ;-))
      Or better still, come and live in England where we have real time...
    1. UFMatt's Avatar
      UFMatt -
      Counting down the time for this update to be released!
    1. laurielol's Avatar
      laurielol -
      does people mean between the 2nd - 4th or 2:00 - 4:00 PM?
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      I wonder when the MMI server is going to break, what with a zillion addicts continually hitting refresh on Cydia ;-))

      Oh btw Confucious I also live in engerland ;-))
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by radiomean View Post
      Oh btw Confucious I also live in engerland ;-))
      And there was me thinking you lived in Europe...
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by letterdevil View Post
      Just got the word from the xgps Mod Thomas... It should up on the ModMyI cydia repo sometime between 2-4 EST..

      Cant wait for it!!!!
      Awesome news!
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      Oh good .... but what's that in *civilised* time ????
    1. brianmarocco's Avatar
      brianmarocco -
      Quote Originally Posted by radiomean View Post
      Come and live in Europe where we have *sensible* time not the funny stuff u have across the pond.... ;-))
      No way that means that I would age faster on your side of the pond
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianmarocco View Post
      No way that means that I would age faster on your side of the pond
      Could explain why I'm so old
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      Btw 2-4pm est = 7-9pm gmt

      ;-))

      (unless you have some funny DST whoch could shift it an hour either way..)
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Thomas just said
      We have to wait until the good fellas over at MMi upload it via their cydia repo. We have talked to them, it will be done, and it will be today, afternoon for me.
      It was someone else that said 2-4pm so it might be later but still should be today
    1. jbode's Avatar
      jbode -
      i can't wait hopefully today is the day
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      WOWWOWOOWOWO!!

      IS what I say....

      Yeah you got it it's THERE!
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      it is quite nice. You can search points of interest. I still haven't been able to get directions based on current location.