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#62890 16-Jun-2010 16:35
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According to a story in the NBR, Telecom XT will be releasing the Motorola Milestone as of July 1st *INCLUDING* turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps.

Unless they somehow restrict this is to Milestone, it looks like this functionality may be enabled for all Android phones in NZ from about that date. Fingers crossed.

Turn-by-turn navigation was enabled for Canada and many European countries a week or so ago.

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"Turn-by-turn navigation instructions
A signature feature of Android 2.0 is a new version of Google Maps with voice-enabled turn-by-turn directions, a feature Telecom confirms will be available with the Milestone's local release (which will run on Android 2.1; a welcome climb on the Xperia's 1.6; the most up-to-date version is 2.2)." 

Unless that is a hopelessly lost mash-up of boilerplate from some other source, it's looking good for turn-by-turn nav. (I don't recall if that was not operational on Android v1.6. I've been playing with v2.1 ROMs since late last year.) 






 




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  #342372 16-Jun-2010 16:41
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Didn't Motorola have thier own SatNav SW on the Milestone/Droid?




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  #342389 16-Jun-2010 17:07
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Correct. The official Telecom information is clearly saying "Users can find their way around town with Motonav turn-by-turn navigation" so I am not sure where the NBR got that Google Maps feature...




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  #342393 16-Jun-2010 17:13
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Looks like the NBR has corrected the article?




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  #342455 16-Jun-2010 21:23
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Yup, its MotoNav for now. MotoNav Works great BTW, I tried it while driving from Wellington to Auckland (was a trial app though!). Interestingly it had Aussie and NZ maps on it as well.

With the latest google maps app you do get google navigation automatically. Handy if youre visiting the countries supported (north america + 11 european countries).

Im sure NZ wont be too far off given past history with google maps.

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  #342486 16-Jun-2010 22:52
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Does Motonav use local maps or does it download them on demand? I'm currently in Scotland and we've been using Nokia Ovi, which has the huge advantage of no data charges.

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  #343058 18-Jun-2010 16:21
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It does ask you when you set it up whether to use data or not for traffic updates - I think these dont work in NZ so I set mine up not to.. and it worked just fine.

On the other hand, the motonav that I tried was a trial version and needed to be activated (I didnt).



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  #343072 18-Jun-2010 17:08
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Data for traffic updates is a separate service.

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  #343095 18-Jun-2010 18:20
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Thanks.

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  #347003 1-Jul-2010 14:31
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Well, it's 1 July and the Milestone is not yet listed on Telecom's site. Does anyone know what's happening?

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  #347005 1-Jul-2010 14:43
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Behodar: Well, it's 1 July and the Milestone is not yet listed on Telecom's site. Does anyone know what's happening?


Was wondering the same thing myself.

I'm thinking if turn-by-turn GPS is being turned on for NZ on "July 1st"...that may be the US date...and we won't see anything until July 2nd.....(if it is being turned on....and I am not certain that it is).  

It seemed to almost work last night until my GPS realised I was in NZ and it crashed having already started to give me nav info. What I saw was strange and different and I could not repeat it.

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  #347037 1-Jul-2010 17:10
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I popped into the local shop after work and they didn't have any Milestones.

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  #347057 1-Jul-2010 18:12
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It appears to have been delayed until the 8th

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  #347271 2-Jul-2010 13:00
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Looks like you might be right... still no sign of it now so it seems that it has indeed been delayed :(

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  #347282 2-Jul-2010 13:41
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Yes, joff_nz is right - it is currently being targetted for a launch on 8 July.  Fingers crossed!

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