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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. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      where is the windows and mac version of this to download the maps before the trip? i would also like to download them and find a nice map size before uploading it to my phone and using alot of space. even though i am the ONLY one who has, not 1 .mp3 on my iphone. Pandora is my fav. Dave Matthews Radio all day baby!!!
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Yep, just select the iPhone 3G GPS. You'll be fine!! Its meant to operate with that. The externals are more accurate, but stick with the builtin GPS unless you are like me and primarily use your iPhone 2G (or have a iPod Touch).
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The externals are more accurate
      ? I'm not sure that they are.
      When using with Google Maps they are about the same.
      True SatNav uses all sorts of algorithms to keep you on the road and make it seem much more accurate.
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      You can find the current Map Manager here.

      I must warn you, the current version is, well, the first version. Written in Java, so there have been problems, etc. There is a video user guide in the forums here, so I suggest you watch it if you have problems.

      The newer map manager that has yet to be released fixes all those issues and has been redone from the ground up as far as code and GUI.

      But you'll have to wait. Until then, the current Map Manager will get the job done.


      (Make sure you have the latest version of Java on your CPU before using the map manager.)

      As far as being more reliable (which I primarily use as my primary phone is the iPhone 2G (Only use 3G for testing and such)) I've found that overall I have had more location errors and problems with the iPhone 3G than my various external units.

      I havent had an issue with my GPS showing that I was in the wrong spot with the external. Sometimes I would start up the iPhone 3G and it would let me know that I was about 50m+- off from my actual location, only working after I performed a reset of the GPS.

      So I dont know. Either way, results may vary :P
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Has anyone added this to their 2G phone yet. Just curious if it worked and if it did, how well did it work.
    1. rvashi's Avatar
      rvashi -
      okay, am I doing something wrong or the maps file sizes are HUGE!!! I tried to download the map for my city and its ~450MB.
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      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.
    1. ripcitiboi's Avatar
      ripcitiboi -
      Quote Originally Posted by powa View Post
      awesome, as long as it can save maps into the iphone, it will be awesome (consider some people like me that does not subscribe to data plan)
      How do you save maps into your iphone without a data plan? Please let me know, thanks!
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by ripcitiboi View Post
      How do you save maps into your iphone without a data plan? Please let me know, thanks!
      G-Map is downloaded via iTunes, no data charges involved. Each map is about a Gig in size. No brainer.
    1. Neo-Tech's Avatar
      Neo-Tech -
      Old news to me, xD.
      Although I don't like the fact that MMi has to host everything on their repo, can't you just leave it to dev's repo and not yours? It's like your trying to look big with lots of downloads.

      This post will probably get deleted because I know they won't like it.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      G-Map is downloaded via iTunes, no data charges involved. Each map is about a Gig in size. No brainer.
      Not a lot of good if you are outside the areas covered - but it looks like it's getting there!
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      G-Map is downloaded via iTunes, no data charges involved. Each map is about a Gig in size. No brainer.
      The reviews are not the greatest for the G-Map app. I really want this feature on my phone. I really want to hear from someone who has a 2G and is using xGPS with a module (Because from what everyone is saying, since I have a 2G in need the module for the xGPS to work, right??).
    1. ca3's Avatar
      ca3 -
      ah i cant wait, all i keep getting is size mismatch when i try to download
    1. payluder's Avatar
      payluder -
      I have no problem installing it my firmware is 2.2.1
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      The reviews are not the greatest for the G-Map app. I really want this feature on my phone. I really want to hear from someone who has a 2G and is using xGPS with a module (Because from what everyone is saying, since I have a 2G in need the module for the xGPS to work, right??).
      This is how I use my map. My main phone is a 2G iPhone using the iGPS360 Module from OrangeGadgets. This is my primary phone and the one I always carry with me.

      I havent had an issue using the external GPS and works really well actually. I went with theirs because A. it is cheaper than the Holux receiver and cord used to connect it to the iPhone, and B. It just works. Thats why it is the official GPS receiver for xGPS.

      I just simply bought a mount for my car for the iPhone and I use it everyday. Works great.
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
      Quote Originally Posted by wenci2000 View Post
      pointlee post deleted
      wwwoooowwwwww
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      If you are getting an Error: Size Mismatch on Cydia when trying to download the xGPS Software, make sure you only have one source for the package installed. Basically, remove the Cydia.Xwaves.net Repo and only use the now Official, MMi Repo for the xGPS Software. That will solve all your problems.

      We are working on removing the xWaves Repo, as MMi is now the Official Repo!
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by Neo-Tech View Post
      Old news to me, xD.
      Although I don't like the fact that MMi has to host everything on their repo, can't you just leave it to dev's repo and not yours? It's like your trying to look big with lots of downloads.

      This post will probably get deleted because I know they won't like it.
      Except, we are a default repo in Cydia so the devs great work is seen and used by many more people than it would be if it was on their repository
    1. Simtech's Avatar
      Simtech -
      Quote Originally Posted by Neo-Tech View Post
      Old news to me, xD.
      Although I don't like the fact that MMi has to host everything on their repo, can't you just leave it to dev's repo and not yours? It's like your trying to look big with lots of downloads.

      This post will probably get deleted because I know they won't like it.
      How is this old news if it was just released?
      Any if you don't like MMI, you know where the door is.
    1. tomheben's Avatar
      tomheben -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      Except, we are a default repo in Cydia so the devs great work is seen and used by many more people than it would be if it was on their repository
      To add to that, coming from a member of the xGPS team, having MMi host the xGPS App is a HUGE HELP. Its not about them looking huge or anything, it is to help us get this software out to a MUCH larger audience, helps us out by taking some strain off of our servers (lets us use that to answer questions/comments/problems ), and allows us to have peace of mind know that if something happened to our server, MMi is there to back us up!

      So much thanks to MMi for the help and assistance from the xGPS team!