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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. aussiebob's Avatar
      aussiebob -
      Downloaded and it said that my maps not compatable with this version.Downloading maps now using wifi at home but I hope it doesnt want to delete maps every upgrade.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon_PhoneApart View Post
      Didn't you guys have double daylight savings time during WWII?
      I may be old but I'm not that old
      Besides, I stick with GMT all year round, BST is for wimps
    1. laurielol's Avatar
      laurielol -
      any one else see that the 3g is slow ar keeping up with you?
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      all i see is a cheker board on the back ground? what"s up with that,is there something wrong,do i have to download anything else? please help.
    1. laurielol's Avatar
      laurielol -
      go to settings, maps, download maps and choose your area. make sure your in a wifi area then it wont take a month to download... there should be no problem after that. else it sould be because your 3g is poor signal.
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      ok thank"s im doing it from home,but eventhow its using wifi its very slow,i guess i will have to give it time,thank"s again.
    1. laurielol's Avatar
      laurielol -
      like me i dod the whole of london and yes it took some time... will be great once up and running though
    1. GADeputy's Avatar
      GADeputy -
      Do you have to download the maps or will it automatically download them as you drive?
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      once you update to the newest release, you must download the program to download maps. once downloaded, send to phone, reboot ( i did ) and start using it. once you download the newest version, it deletes the maps due to incompatibility. there are a few hours involved in downloading a decent map to use. so start it in the morning or at night when your not moving your laptop or leaving internet connection.

      good luck!!
    1. MLauderdale1000rr's Avatar
      MLauderdale1000rr -
      Just downloaded it and got a map of Ft. Lauderdale to try out. Ill jump in the car and see what it does.

      Does the voice kick in only when you are moving?
    1. pcguysam's Avatar
      pcguysam -
      I downloaded the newest version and it automatically downloaded the maps for me as I drove. Worked great! Fantastic program! Best yet!
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Quote Originally Posted by MLauderdale1000rr View Post
      Just downloaded it and got a map of Ft. Lauderdale to try out. Ill jump in the car and see what it does.

      Does the voice kick in only when you are moving?
      Well, the voice really doesn't have anything to say to you until you start moving...
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pcguysam View Post
      I downloaded the newest version and it automatically downloaded the maps for me as I drove. Worked great! Fantastic program! Best yet!

      delray beach here bro..!!!!
    1. imagineThiss's Avatar
      imagineThiss -
      ok i read through all 16 pages and i still cant figure out how to download maps soo you are able to use offline mode ??

      EDIT** never mind...i just went to their website..
    1. MLauderdale1000rr's Avatar
      MLauderdale1000rr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon_PhoneApart View Post
      Well, the voice really doesn't have anything to say to you until you start moving...
      LMAO That's what I thought!

      Also it's not 3D, right?
    1. pakijawan's Avatar
      pakijawan -
      This app is getting better,but after seeing how much problem is to just get mapsm it take a lot of time.Ill pass it for now.Even when getting maps from PC it Crashes,i hope they fix this.G-Map all the way right now.
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      where do i upload the maps to? using ftp or diskaid, i have to send the maps to my phone because at work, we have the ports blocked to use the wireless transfer..

      anyone?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Been working great for me. After you have already driven down a road and it has downloaded the grid tile it doesn't have to download it again next time.
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      The volume of the xGPS voice commands may very well end the xGPS experiment for me. It's not a software issue, but a hardware limitation. The iPhone simply isn't loud enough for an app such as xGPS. Even with the radio off or muted, I can barely hear the voice commands. I could plug it into my radio's AUX jack, but that would mean that I would be limited to hearing the voice commands only, not the talk radio that I usually listen to.

      If someone wants voice turn-by-turn GPS, they're probably better off buying a separate TomTom or a Garmin unit.
    1. J273's Avatar
      J273 -
      As anyone tried this with the 3g's GPS ?

      Is the GPS chip good enough and does it manage to keep track?


      Thanks