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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. kaitlyn2004's Avatar
      kaitlyn2004 -
      Uses google maps... so I assume this will work in Canada too?
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      I would love to connect my Magellan Triton 1500 to my iPhone using the NMEA mode. First gen iPhone + Triton 1500 = awesome turn by turn directions.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soooyq View Post
      How can this work if you dont have wifi on the move!!!!!

      You don't need wifi. It's the same as TeleNav, and just like as you use Google Maps on the move with 3G, the maps will load, although this kind of downloading maps as you go system BLOWS compared to having the entire North American Map on an SD Card like my Tilt did, but it's a step in the right direction. Imagine if they make it so you can install the whole Map of North America or wherever? Sure it's a large file, 2G's, but I'd rather have fluid map rendering as I drive than some dopey songs in my phone.
    1. Neo-Tech's Avatar
      Neo-Tech -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simtech View Post
      How is this old news if it was just released?
      Any if you don't like MMI, you know where the door is.
      I saw that video on Tuesday and I knew of this voice feature on Monday/Tuesday
    1. navalynt's Avatar
      navalynt -
      Tell ya what, I'm going to install this and give it a real test. I'm in Bethel, AK right now and flying out to rural wireless villages everyday this week. I'll let you know how well this works from a bush plane and villages who's pronunciation will make you say "bless you". Makes me wonder if Google Maps will route along the ice road ....

      Also, I did have both repos earlier but even after I removed the dev's repo I still couldn't install xGPS until I opened the terminal and did:

      su
      alpine
      apt-get clean
    1. smokinj1313's Avatar
      smokinj1313 -
      WoOt!
    1. navalynt's Avatar
      navalynt -
      Haha, nevermind! The GSM towers here are not setup yet to facilitate services like Google Maps.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Do you not have a computer to download the maps at base before you set out?
    1. gengzilla's Avatar
      gengzilla -
      How can i download this app.Anywhere thank you so much.
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      ModMyi.com's Repository on Cydia. Fire up Cydia, go to Sectons and find the Navigation Section. Download xGPS (Not the Beta, its an old Beta, Still on there anyway, whatever!) and you're ready to go.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by gengzilla View Post
      How can i download this app.Anywhere thank you so much.
      Go to Cydia and search for xgps and download. Simple!
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      i have a question.

      when i have used the standard directions in the stock maps app i am past my streets before the blue dot has caught up and would miss my turning.

      i have obviously not tried xgps while driving but is it faster than the maps app in some way?
    1. perdyis's Avatar
      perdyis -
      tomheben,

      Firstly congrads on the updated app, can't wait for the release.

      Will this support international maps or is it only available for the U.S. like the original app?
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Quote Originally Posted by perdyis View Post
      tomheben,

      Firstly congrads on the updated app, can't wait for the release.

      Will this support international maps or is it only available for the U.S. like the original app?
      Thanks for asking. First off, the current version supports, well, the Globe. It supports wherever Google Maps supports, not just the US. You have options in the new Map Manager to set your Language and its supporting maps, but you could always download maps from any part of the world.

      I felt that the US had it the worst in this current version really as the Current Location function didnt work when you used it in direction computation. But with that fixed for this latest version coming out, everyone wins.
    1. idolpunk's Avatar
      idolpunk -
      can't wait for the new version to come out
    1. fluffer's Avatar
      fluffer -
      Quote Originally Posted by fluffer View Post
      i have a question.

      when i have used the standard directions in the stock maps app i am past my streets before the blue dot has caught up and would miss my turning.

      i have obviously not tried xgps while driving but is it faster than the maps app in some way?

      it's not a hard question to answer?

      do people understand what i mean?

      ever been driving using the stock maps directions and your past your turn off before the dot catches up on the phone??

      i'm just wondering how xgps goes faster than the stock app.
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      i would still like to know where the macbook application is to download and manage all maps. its kinda hard to download 250mb onto the phone, just takes too long
    1. Dorkenstein909's Avatar
      Dorkenstein909 -
      This looks absolutely amazing. It'll literally save my life (god knows how many times I almost crashed peering at my iPhone while driving.
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Quote Originally Posted by tha5150 View Post
      i would still like to know where the macbook application is to download and manage all maps. its kinda hard to download 250mb onto the phone, just takes too long
      http://xgpsdev.xwaves.net/forum/download/file.php?id=27

      The link is from our forum and is for the current edition of the map manager. I want to say, personally, that this version is not the greatest by all means and still has some bugs. It was the first version of the Map Manager.

      Come then new release here in a week or so, we will release a brand new Map Manager, designed from the ground up. It incorporates many fixes to failures of the current edition as well as many new features. So hang with us.

      The current edition of xGPS and its Manager was an awesome attempt to get a feature, FREE nonetheless, that was left out by Apple. Our new revisions coming out soon makes Navigation on the iPhone a whole lot easier.

      Stick with us and stay tuned!!! And thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far! We really appreciate it and without the help from our community, we would be here today!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by tomheben View Post

      The current edition of xGPS and its Manager was an awesome attempt to get a feature, FREE nonetheless, that was left out by Apple. Our new revisions coming out soon makes Navigation on the iPhone a whole lot easier.
      I'm looking forward to seeing the new version. Like I've said before, I don't think it can compete with 'proper' SatNav but:
      a) There are no proper SatNav programmes for the iPhone and
      b) It's FREE

      Who are you guys and are you planning to make money out of this? If so, how? If not, why are you doing it?

      Whatever your reasons, thanks