- 06-27-2010, 08:43 PM #2
all android devices with unlimited data plans will have google's navigation system stock (kind of like google maps with voice guided gps directions) plus one extra 3rd party navigation program by some 3rd party company (like telenav for example)
but usually the android devices should come with google maps preinstalled which has gps navi enabled on it...
- 06-27-2010, 09:38 PM #3
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- 06-28-2010, 07:18 AM #4
- 06-28-2010, 07:25 AM #5
- 06-28-2010, 08:00 AM #6
Wasn't there. When I hit menu, the only option was to reverse route. I used the nav in car panel, is this not the same as Google nav? Because I just tried Google nav from its icon and the UI looks completely different and when I hit menu, exit navigation option was available.
- 06-28-2010, 08:11 AM #7
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- 06-28-2010, 06:11 PM #9
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When you hit Nav from the car panel it just takes you to a map screen with your start and destination fields where you can select where you'd like to go. Once you select them it gives you written, scrollable, directions.
From there you can push "show on map" which simply shows the route on a normal Google Maps screen (not Google Maps Nav, there is a difference). I believe this is where you were when you said you couldn't find an exit button. From there you can just leave the Google Maps program just as you would any other program, but simply pushing the home button or any other method you choose. Once that map is not on the screen anymore, it will not be using GPS or any extra battery.
Instead of pushing "show on map" you can push "navigate", which will open up the actual Google Maps Nav app (the same one you can open from your app drawer). Once it opens that, it will give you verbal guided directions as you drive (turn by turn).
This is where you can push menu and select "exit navigation", which will do just that and take you back to the home screen.
The reason you need to select "exit navigation" is because just pushing home will take you home, but the GPS will still be running and it will continue to give you turn by turn directions even if the map isn't up.
So bottom line is, Google Maps and Google Maps Nav are two different apps, but both can be accessed from the Car Panel Nav. Both can also be accessed from app drawer or any other way you get to your apps.
Google Maps does not need to be exited (nor are you able to)
Google Maps Nav needs to be exited if you no longer desire navigation
Sorry for the dissertation
Hope if helps
- 06-28-2010, 07:38 PM #10
- 06-29-2010, 07:54 AM #11
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- 06-29-2010, 08:54 AM #12
- 06-29-2010, 11:47 AM #13
also other times when i am on a long distance trip, if get close to a traffic jam caused by an accident, the navigation doesn't re-route me automatically. i have to do it manually like up above. i thought it would take traffic into consideration the whole time and keep me on track by re-routing automatically.
3rd thing i don't like is that google maps directions aren't always the best or most efficient. this goes for even the online directions. check out these directions here. If you are not familiar with the atlanta area, you can still look at it and see that 2 things don't make sense. For the start of the directions, not sure why it tells you to take a local road to get to the main interstate when you go right over another one that is connected to it! Its much quicker to get on 285 to 75.
Then near the destination, if tells you to get off the interstate pretty early, but if you look at the local road it suggests, you literally cross right over the interstate again. Why not tell you to exit off the last point. Living here I know these are longer directions, but if you are a tourist, you would just go by what it says and reach your destination in a longer time period than it should take.
But i agree that the UI, usability, and the fact that is is free, you can't beat it. but a few small things on the directions gives me a hard time.
- 07-05-2010, 08:13 AM #14
- 80 Posts
Ok I've used this feature but does it provide voice guided or just on screen? Maybe I missed something on the phone but just wanted to know if it has voice guided navigation on google maps. This was the only thread I could find and I didn't want to start a new thread over it.
- 07-05-2010, 08:39 AM #15
I used the Navigation ,just to check it out but it does drain down the battery and yes depending on how long its in use as to how hot the phone gets. I talked with a friend who has apple 3g iphone but has updated its software and its the same on that phone as far as a battery burner upper.Also another who has the Eris and its the same too , guess turing on the GPS stuff is just that way
Yes it has turn by turn with voice btw
after you open the maps >menu button>directions(enter where you want directions to )> then push go> then navigation button
- 07-05-2010, 04:13 PM #16
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- 07-11-2010, 03:44 AM #20
- 56 Posts
Satellite, street and traffic views
History of requested directions
Never having to pay for updated maps
Good voice for giving directions
Ability to get directions by voice
FWIW, here are some things I hope Google improves:
Storing favorites - right now I use Nav Launcher, but this function should be part of the Nav app
Should be able to get directions repeated
Should be able to set up default views with layers that apply to all requested directions
Should be able to search for more items than just banks, gas stations and restaurants (for example, police and fire stations, grocery stores, libraries, entertainment venues)
Should be able to designate a different starting point for a trip other than current location
Should be able to designate a route with multiple stops
Would be nice to have a choice of voices
- 07-11-2010, 12:18 PM #21
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- 07-13-2010, 12:45 PM #23
When you search for something on the map, click on the result where it shows you details. On the top right you will see th star image. click on that and that location is starred.
to view your starred items, from the main maps, hit menu, more, starred items. its basically like favorites.
and an awesome thing about this, you can go to maps.google.com on a computer and if you are logged in, you can see these starred locations. you can even remove and add starred items from there and see the changes on your phone. a lot of times if someone sends me an address at work, i'll check it out on a computer and then star it so its ready to be navigated to on my phone.
- 07-13-2010, 12:53 PM #24
- 08-03-2010, 08:06 PM #25