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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. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Looks awesome!
    1. madlan's Avatar
      madlan -
      2.2.1 - Will try later
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      This is great for all 3G owners but all of us 2G owners are left in the cold. Is there something similiar for 2G users or is that impossible since Edge is too slow compared to 3G?

      Makes me wish I would have gotten a 3G when I had a chance to upgrade my 2G!!
      The maps can, I believe, be downloaded for the whole trip over WiFi before you set out. If you need further maps while you are out Edge would probably work - but Edge is sloooowwww.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Edge works fine with respect to loading maps while rolling (comparable, or maybe even slightly better than Maps.app), however, the current version available via Cydia has a lot of trouble generating a route using your current position as the point of origin. If you have a start and destination address, it works fine. The major advantage to this app is the auto-rotation feature, which always keeps your direction of travel facing up on the screen.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Sweetness! I'm happy
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      The maps can, I believe, be downloaded for the whole trip over WiFi before you set out. If you need further maps while you are out Edge would probably work - but Edge is sloooowwww.
      Yeah, your right. I just upgraded and jailbroke my phone to 2.2 (I was on 1.1.4 for the longest time) about 1 1/2 months ago. The maps app. does it, but it is not a true turn by turn like this xGPS showed. I bet the voice feature is nice. I wanted to know if something like this was currently/future development was being done for the 2G.

      But if not, something is better than nothing.

      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      Edge works fine with respect to loading maps while rolling (comparable, or maybe even slightly better than Maps.app), however, the current version available via Cydia has a lot of trouble generating a route using your current position as the point of origin. If you have a start and destination address, it works fine. The major advantage to this app is the auto-rotation feature, which always keeps your direction of travel facing up on the screen.
      Bottom line, I have a 2G phone. Can I download this app. via cydia, right now, and it work? I understand that there are some bugs, like the one you mentioned above and the voice command saying words wrong or they are misspelled, I can deal with these minor bugs but overall will this work on my 2G phone if I download the app. right now?
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Where can you pick up the GPS module he has plugged in? That would make this work for us 2G users, correct?
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      Where can you pick up the GPS module he has plugged in? That would make this work for us 2G users, correct?
      I thought the module he has plugged in is only needed for ipod touch users only? I really want this feature but I need to know if it will work before I add it to my phone. Thanks!!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      I thought the module he has plugged in is only needed for ipod touch users only?
      The 2G doesn't have true GPS though, so I'd imagine 2G users would need it too.
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      OrangeGadgets.com is the xGPS official GPS Provider.

      The GPS Unit they offer will work on all iPhones (even 3G iyou are unhappy with the provided one) and iPod Touch.
    1. Zehlek's Avatar
      Zehlek -
      Are any specific settings you need to have it set on for it too work?
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Plug in the external unit, go the xGPS Settings Menu and then to the "GPS" Tab, and set what unit you have plugged in, from OrangeGadgets it is the iGPS360 module. It will then read and function properly with the xGPS Software and iPhone Serial Port. Very Easy.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tomheben View Post
      OrangeGadgets.com is the xGPS official GPS Provider.

      The GPS Unit they offer will work on all iPhones (even 3G iyou are unhappy with the provided one) and iPod Touch.
      Haha, yeah... I just noticed that on the original post. Thanks for putting the info up again though.

      $75 though? Ouch... for the money, I'd probably be better off upgrading to the 3G or buying an actual GPS unit.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      The 2G doesn't have true GPS though, so I'd imagine 2G users would need it too.
      True. I did not see/hear him say where he got the module from. Do you by chance know or does anyone know where to get the module from or one similiar to it?

      Edit: I did not see the other post about the price point for the module. Your right man!! $75 bucks is a lot. I too just had the thought of upgrading my phone to the 3G. I just dont want to resign another 2year contract.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      True. I did not see/hear him say where he got the module from. Do you by chance know or does anyone know where to get the module from or one similiar to it?
      Post #31 above says OrangeGadgets.com

      This is where you could really do with proper BT on the iPhone. I habve 3 BT GPS receivers which I used to use with various WinMo devices before they had GPS built in...
    1. Zehlek's Avatar
      Zehlek -
      Quote Originally Posted by tomheben View Post
      Plug in the external unit, go the xGPS Settings Menu and then to the "GPS" Tab, and set what unit you have plugged in, from OrangeGadgets it is the iGPS360 module. It will then read and function properly with the xGPS Software and iPhone Serial Port. Very Easy.
      Sorry if this is a very stupid question, but do I plug in my iPhone into my Garmin GPS and then it will detect it it and xGPS can use it's settings under the GPS Tab?
    1. iceaxe's Avatar
      iceaxe -
      Quote Originally Posted by madlan View Post
      Anyone get a size mismatch when installing from cydia?
      i also facing this problem..
      my fw is 2.2.1
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      xGPS works with a certain set of GPS Devices. Currently, the supported devices include:

      xGPS Module (Not Sold Anymore)
      iGPS360 from OrangeGadgets.com (Official GPS)
      iGPSD from iGPSd (store.igpsd.com)
      iPhone 3G GPS

      The iPhone is unable to connect to a Garmin GPS, in no way.

      Possibly in the future, with the progress from the iBluetoothProject.com Team, it might allow the iPhone to sync via Bluetooth with a bluetooth enabled GPS.
    1. Zehlek's Avatar
      Zehlek -
      In the mean time, what would you recommend I select? just the iPhone 3G gps then? If iPhone 3G only, will I still be able to use the turn by turn that is coming out?
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Can't wait to get my hands on it. :-)