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Topic # 52261 3-Dec-2009 11:30
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Google maps navigation application is available outside the US via a modded google maps version that allows full turn-by-turn navigation aided by spoken street directions.

I found this on androidcommunity.com.  The steps required are:

1. get an app installer from Android market - I use a free app eoeAppinstaller Pro
2. unmount your mini-SD card
3. download modded maps app from here and copy apk file to your mini-SD card
4. re-insert mini-SD card and run installer app. 
5. select the maps apk file (long press) to install
6. Voila you now have full google maps navigation installed on your Android handset!

I have this on my HTC Magic 1.6 on vodafone network and it works brilliantly!

See related GZ discussion here.

BTW I love my HTC magic.





Cheers, Stevo

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  Reply # 279016 3-Dec-2009 13:28
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Installed it. Will give it a go when I leave work.



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  Reply # 279024 3-Dec-2009 13:40
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I used it from work yesterday & back to work today... very impressed... even recalculates routes like a traditional sat nav!




Cheers, Stevo

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 279038 3-Dec-2009 14:28
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This doesn't replace the existing google maps application. It creates a new one on the phone. I got a little confused opening it for the 2nd time and finding all the features were gone.

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  Reply # 279057 3-Dec-2009 15:24
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I got it last week as part of a modded Android ROM. I replaced that one with a better one that also includes it. I drove from North Shore to Titirangi and back....it was turn-perfect all the way.

I'd put this ROM on a par with Cyanogen's. High quality Android.....and includes some bits of V2.0. 
They take the stock Android v1.6 ROM, root it, then in a two-step install, you lay an "expansion pack" over the top of the rooted base. Takes 5 minutes. You get the new Facebook app and other stuff, too. 

It's here: Enomther's TheOfficial Series v2.3.1.1  


Eugene373's AOSP 18 and 19 "Eclair" (Android 2.0) ROMs also have it, but the camera doesn't work in his build. They look good, though! :-)  






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  Reply # 279108 3-Dec-2009 18:59
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The easiest way to get navigation is to download nav launcher from the market. It will guide you through the process.

Just make sure you have NOT updated to Google Maps 3.2.1 before you start... if you have uninstall it and then download nav launcher.

http://navlauncher.madcowsolutions.com/index.php?sid=f35259f0f42c891a60ae6519d4ab22d0

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Reply # 279109 3-Dec-2009 19:01
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Awesome spotting guys. Works fantastic. Voice is clear, great to glance at while driving, auto rerouting is fast (and doesn't tell you off!)... found addresses easily using voice search too.. (still going to use a lot of data but will take me many trips and lots of data use to justify purchasing the likes of Sygic Mobile Maps (Cost is 59.99 EUR (about NZ$120)). Now all we need is maps that can be cached!

P.S. Even pronounces (or at attempts to) street names... Nice addition.

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  Reply # 279227 4-Dec-2009 10:00
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Used it this morning on the scooter ride in (voice only). Was good, but for some reason it wanted me to go on the motorway, which would have taken me longer than my normal way. Even after missing the motorway, it kept trying to get me back on it, which would have involved riding away from where I was going. I haven't checked, but there might be some settings to deal with this.

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  Reply # 279245 4-Dec-2009 10:48
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Google directions often take traffic flow and time into account. Itmapped a route to my work that is longer, but flows better and is more predictable / reliable for journey ttimes




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Reply # 279415 4-Dec-2009 20:03
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Thanks Stevonz, I followed your directions and installed the app no problem, works great.

P-J 




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  Reply # 280732 9-Dec-2009 12:24
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Anyone tried to use Google Navigatoin this week? Seems like since 7th Dec Google have blocked usage outside USA, even with the modded Goggle Maps (I had it working last week, but this week just getting "No route found - navigation to your destination is not available".

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  Reply # 280775 9-Dec-2009 13:27
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Same here. It stopped sometime late on the 7th. I changed nothing on my phone. Other countries also affected. I've heard from Malaysia, too, saying it no longer works there either. 




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  Reply # 280777 9-Dec-2009 13:32
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Same here. Only noticed today though.



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  Reply # 280793 9-Dec-2009 13:50
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Hmmm there was a google maps app update I received earlier in the week... maybe this has blocked it...




Cheers, Stevo

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Reply # 280803 9-Dec-2009 14:02
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ditto. Hopefully there might be a work-around soon... let us know if anyone hears of anything!

edit: and perhaps this thread icon should be changed from "cheers" to one of these? Undecided Yell Frown

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  Reply # 280858 9-Dec-2009 15:42
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I have two HTC Magic phones.

One has Android as-sold and was running the hacked maps v3.2.1 installed via nav launcher.
The other is a rooted phone running Cyanogen Mod 4.2.7.1 - again with the hacked Maps v3.2.1 installed directly. You don't need Nav Launcher if you have root access.

Navigation stopped working on BOTH phones on the same day for no obvious reason other than the server / system they were getting their information from now refuses to provide it.





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