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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!

    • 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. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Yes!!!!!!!!!! Would be awesome though if we could download the entire map and load parts from the flash memory to the ram. Instead of downloading them :S
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      There is a Universal Java Map Manager for the Computer to download you maps and store them on the iPhone so there is no need to connect to data plans. Thats one of the man functions on xGPS.

      The current versions are alright, but the next 1.2 version, let me assure you is veeerry very good, stable, and fantastic.

      xgpsdev.xwaves.net/forum and you can find the manager on there.
    1. Cam23's Avatar
      Cam23 -
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I think Apple will only allow real GPS apps in to App Store after the release of their new iPhone with 3.0(if it's true).

      Oh no wonder there are a lot of posts by "tomheben" in this forum, because he's a member of the xGPS team, just saw the info in your signature lol.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      One question. I have an alpine head unit with ipod control. MxTube and Youtube sound can be transfered through the dock connector as well as few other apps. Will this app be able to do the same? I dont want two seperate wires for auxiliary and ipod control lol.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      I think Apple will only allow real GPS apps in to App Store after the release of their new iPhone with 3.0(if it's true).
      What makes you say that?

      Plenty of people want to release true SatNav but Apple wont let them. What will change with the release of 3.0?
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      To the Video Out Question:

      Ill tell you this, if the cord that connects to the iPhone allows Video Out (It is a Video Out cord as well), you can download the ScreenSplitr (I believe that is the name) Application from Cydia and it will push the display through the Video out to your in-dash screen. I have seen it tested and it works just great.

      Reference MP3Car.com and their videos Here

      ScreenSplitr Project website is Here
    1. aaauustiinnn's Avatar
      aaauustiinnn -
      the question is how much is the app gunna cost???
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      The answer:

    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by tomheben View Post
      The answer:

      The price is certainly right
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      What makes you say that?

      Plenty of people want to release true SatNav but Apple wont let them. What will change with the release of 3.0?
      Idk, if I was working for Apple, I would have allowed GPS apps in to the App Store, what's the point having GPS in the iPhone 3G it you can't use it fully??? I think Apple might realize that by the release of a new iPhone.

      As long as theres emoticon support in 3.0, idc what other features are in it.
      I don't understand why Apple won't let GPS apps in to the App Store, what harm can they do??
    1. ca3's Avatar
      ca3 -
      hey how come i can put any addresses in. Everytime i try to it says "no driving direction can be computed using your query" why is that??
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Support/Discussion Forum...


      People, let me remind you also, that you do not, I repeat do not, need to download the xGPS Utility. It will not perform any function for you.

      We used the xGPS Utility when we produced and sold xGPS GPS Modules. It was used to let you see Lat/Long, Altitude and Speed of the Module as well as upgrade its firmware as it became available. We stopped used that when we partnered up with OrangeGadgets.com as our official provided of external GPS Units and stop making/selling our own.

      So, again, you do not need the xGPS Utility.
    1. burdell1's Avatar
      burdell1 -
      if I have the 1st generation iPhone, will this software work with it (without the external xGPS module?) thanks!
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      oh man cant wait for the voice navigation update! should be great..i downloaded this app a while ago and the only thing i didnt like was when i would download the maps for offline use, the zoom level was considered..for example if i downloaded a region's map at a certain zoom level i could only view the map offline at that same zoom level, i have to download it each time for every zoom level i want (even tho zooming out and downloading the whole city takes up more memory than just zooming in and downloading a smaller region, this doesnt make sense as zooming out should only take up the same ammount of mb as zooming in since it does not include the other zoom levels of the downloaded map region)

      sorry if that didnt make any sense but i tried lol
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      It's about freaking time. I really want turn by turn voice navigation on my iPhone 3G while driving which makes the trip a lot safer.
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
    1. happyjam64's Avatar
      happyjam64 -
      To everyone who wants GPS on their 2G phone/itouch, get this app and an iGPS360 module! I have been using my 2G phone with one of the modules since they came out. I would suggest the iGPS360 because it's form factor is much smaller than the other solutions. Also (for those who know GPS) the i360 module has an update rate of 5hz! That beats most retail GPS's! Now all we need is a mobile substrate fix.
    1. cocoabean772's Avatar
      cocoabean772 -
      Quote Originally Posted by istorm View Post
      This is not good enough, since it need to download map via 3G. FOr us on Tmobile with EDGE, it will be too slow to show up map...

      But pretty cool though..
      As you saw in the video posted above the guy was useing edge so we Tmobile users are just fine so dont sweat it
    1. bijju's Avatar
      bijju -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      There is a turn-by-turn navigation program in the Appstore right now called G-Map East and G-Map West, and they are only $19.95, the Maps are on board so no internet connection is required, and there's no data usage.
      Dont Buy that one i had a hard time on it not turnbyturn. Maps not really goods.