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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. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It's a bit slow downloading - can you guys all stop trying to download it so I can?


    1. IvanPK's Avatar
      IvanPK -
      Everyone make sure to change the settings around!
      I remember when i first got xGPS i had so much trouble just because for GPS it was set for 'xGPS Module' not 'iPhone 3G GPS'

      So make sure to go through every setting menu, and change things. You have to set the language, GPS, home location, etc.
    1. aaauustiinnn's Avatar
      aaauustiinnn -
      woahhhh nice
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      I keep getting the same error I got on the first one. Can't compute directions
    1. IvanPK's Avatar
      IvanPK -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      I keep getting the same error I got on the first one. Can't compute directions
      Make sure you're using the iPhone 3G GPS not xGPS Module
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      IT'S fsckxking FANTASTIC!!

      Ok the odd bug but for a free program WHOA!!

      Where can I DONATE - that is a SERIOUS question??

      I just donated - I reckon we all should.
      This is good enough to pay *real* money for..
    1. UFMatt's Avatar
      UFMatt -
      thank youuu!!
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by radiomean View Post
      WOWWOWOOWOWO!!

      IS what I say....

      Yeah you got it it's THERE!
      Awesome! Will update when I get a chance and post back feedback.
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Ok...

      I'm having a real issue figuring out what the big deal is here. I have been one of the ones that was excited for this app's update long before it was posted here, but it's nearly the same as it was. The UI's for the app and Map Manager are different, with a few added features, but it still has the same major hang ups from what I see. 2 months for a sleeker UI? How bout getting me to point B without knowing the address?

      One STILL has to know the address and plug it into the text field for directions? The Search Places function finds what you're looking for, but you then need to remember the address to plug it in the Directions search field. WTH?

      What the crap is there to be excited about? Landscape mode? The voice of Ned from South Park?

      Search my posts on G-Map. Hated it. Though now it's version 1.2 seems to blow doors on xGPS. The only major drawback I find is it's lack of landscape mode. It's $20 and people are said to be throwing more than that at xGPS's development. Why?

      Yea.. feels like xmas morning alright, though it feels like I fell down the stairs on my way to the tree.
    1. BarcaMagic's Avatar
      BarcaMagic -
      My life is complete now !!!!!!!!!
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      Hiya guys and gals. Just joining in on the fun. Will report back once I've downloaded and tested it.

      Either way...for free too...gotta be grateful for xGPS's Team for all their effort.

      Thank xGPS
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Or better still, come and live in England where we have real time...
      Didn't you guys have double daylight savings time during WWII?
    1. chowbang's Avatar
      chowbang -
      Quote Originally Posted by severe View Post
      One STILL has to know the address and plug it into the text field for directions? The Search Places function finds what you're looking for, but you then need to remember the address to plug it in the Directions search field. WTH?
      I spent like 5 minutes trying to touch that stupid blue pin and hoped that it'd pop up "Navigate here".

      I did find that you can do almost the same thing by going to route manager instead of "search places". Create new route, for starting address, put current location, then for destination, you can do your search, then click "Compute".

      It's pretty lame that you can't do it the other way.
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      Quote Originally Posted by chowbang View Post
      I spent like 5 minutes trying to touch that stupid blue pin and hoped that it'd pop up "Navigate here".

      I did find that you can do almost the same thing by going to route manager instead of "search places". Create new route, for starting address, put current location, then for destination, you can do your search, then click "Compute".

      It's pretty lame that you can't do it the other way.
      Thanks, chow. That does work. But yea.. wow.

      I'll pass.

      It's funny how caught up in the whole jailbrake/3rd party thing one can get caught up in, when there's an app that came installed on the phone that works so well. Silly.

      'Til Apple allows something better, I'm with G-Map. Though it's rather feature rich, I'll have to do without landscape for now.

      PS: had tried the "stupid blue pin" thing as well.
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      Does everyone else find that the speech volume is soo low you can barely hear it?
    1. FramedTrash's Avatar
      FramedTrash -
      im having problems with the xgps manager
      when i open it up it doesnt show any maps
      this is what i get when i try to download a map
    1. zeyado2000's Avatar
      zeyado2000 -
      Hey guys,

      I downloaded a small map of my area and tried offline mode since I don't have 3g internet. It gives me error message saying 'unable to retrieve the driving directions from the server: no internet connection'. Anyone has a success with the offline mode?
    1. NickTuso's Avatar
      NickTuso -
      I love it. Honestly I wanted to sell my phone than I updated this today, used it once and now I really don't want to sell my phone. It is nice to have turn by turn, I can't hear the voice thing when my music is playing(I use my phone for everything). Very awesome app, thanks so much.
    1. galaxygrrl's Avatar
      galaxygrrl -
      It worked great for me. I was so excited. It's still a little rough, but works well.
    1. radiomean's Avatar
      radiomean -
      Use earphone if u cant hear the directions ;-))
      IT's great ... and it's FREE

      DONATE please!!
      I have.