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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. mahgninnuc93's Avatar
      mahgninnuc93 -
      Stupid question for the day....Will this app work with a 2G iPhone? any assistance would be appreciated!!
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      That question has been asked and answered... I realize it can be somewhat tedious reading through the 11 pages in this thread, but I believe you'll need an external gps antenna to get this app to work with a 1st gen iPhone.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by mahgninnuc93 View Post
      Stupid question for the day....Will this app work with a 2G iPhone? any assistance would be appreciated!!
      Ur answer is in the comments. Read from page 1 and u will learn lots!

      Yes, buy the adapter.
    1. Taz1981's Avatar
      Taz1981 -
      is there any way to get the downloaded maps to be smaller? or is there going to be away. I have a gps in my car with a SD card and the Maps of us and canada less than a GB.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      I didnt see this question asked before but I highly doubt it works... but can u use the iPhone 3G without a SIM card and this app?(xgps)
      The iPhone 3G has been jailbroken but not unlock because of the new baseband 2.30.03 curious if theres a way around this? or basically without the SIM u would not be picked up even using WIFI?
    1. sarunas4's Avatar
      sarunas4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilskaterpunk View Post
      I didnt see this question asked before but I highly doubt it works... but can u use the iPhone 3G without a SIM card and this app?(xgps)
      The iPhone 3G has been jailbroken but not unlock because of the new baseband 2.30.03 curious if theres a way around this? or basically without the SIM u would not be picked up even using WIFI?
      I got the 2.30.03 baseband running on T-Mobile via TurboSIM... picked it up on eBay... has a few minor glitches.. but for about $10, its well worth it.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      With 2.28.00 the TurboSIM didn't like 3G access but was OK for 2G - def worth a go if you have 2.30.03 and it works with that (check first as the older ones didn't work with 2.28.00 - I don't know about 2.30.03)

      This app should work fine without a SIM. GPS does not need a SIM and with this app you can download the maps first over WiFi.
    1. tellytel's Avatar
      tellytel -
      Can someone explain why I get an error when my directions are already set??

      Ill have the directions and gps on and when I'm driving it'll error and stop the directions. Does this happen when I lose a connection??
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tellytel View Post
      Can someone explain why I get an error when my directions are already set??

      Ill have the directions and gps on and when I'm driving it'll error and stop the directions. Does this happen when I lose a connection??
      Disable "recalculate route"
    1. ericwuzneverhere's Avatar
      ericwuzneverhere -
      Says it is coming out on March 2nd
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      I thought it was the 8th?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericwuzneverhere View Post
      Says it is coming out on March 2nd
      Where? Their blog now has no mention of it and the forum 404s

      Those links are from the original post - presumably it's moved - where too?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by smeeshum View Post
      You mean the page that says
      Release date: 2nd of March 2009
      that would be it then

      They did say 9/3 at the latest so looks like they've done well - provided it is released tomorrow!

      looking forward to seeing the new release

      Weird - when I click on the blog link in my previous post it now takes me to a completely different page!
      and the forum now works - must have just been a glitch earlier.
    1. IvanPK's Avatar
      IvanPK -
      Can't wait! Wish I had it today though because I
      m going on a trip! lol
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Any day they release the update is good for me lol Late March, then so be it. Keep up the good work!
    1. ceelo2008's Avatar
      ceelo2008 -
      Hopefully 1 more day and we will all have a "REAL" GPS app on are iPhone....
    1. Lovely4Twenty's Avatar
      Lovely4Twenty -
      Why can't I download it? .. Anybody else have the same problem? Is something wrong with Cydia because there are some other ones too that I can't download.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I had no problem downloading it this morning (still 1.1 though).
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      There is a post on the xGPS forum saying 'stay tuned for developments - especially today' - which IMO is rather optimistic for release today ;-))



      PS today is 2nd March ....