1. Ronald's Avatar
    I have searched (maybe using the wrong terms), but cannot find the answer to the question in the title. Is there a way to turn Google Maps into a GPS, that is, to have it run until I shut off the phone and prevent it from shutting off on the pre-set screen time out?

    I am using Google Maps on an Evo 4G, Froyo 2.2, rooted with Myn's Warm 2.2 Rls 5.

    Thanks in advance.

    Ron
    03-21-2011 04:27 PM
  2. Johnly's Avatar
    Yes, not in the traditional sense though. You have to keep the map in the window manually.
    03-21-2011 04:29 PM
  3. Ronald's Avatar
    Yes, not in the traditional sense though. You have to keep the map in the window manually.
    My phone's display is set to shut off after 1 minute. Other than tapping on the screen ever 55 seconds, how do I do this? I could not find any setting in Google Maps (or the display) to prevent the display from shutting off.
    03-21-2011 04:35 PM
  4. BSG75's Avatar
    If the screen turns off, what do you want it to do? What kind of output are you trying to get from it? If you want it to talk to you, I'm pretty sure the Navigation mode keeps on talking even if the screen is turned off.

    Latitude will keep on working even if the screen is turned off. I have used it while running races for family and friends to track me.

    myTracks [Google app] will keep recording if the screen is turned off.


    If you do want to screen to remain on, I recommend the KeepScreen app.
    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
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    03-21-2011 04:40 PM
  5. Ronald's Avatar
    If you do want to screen to remain on, I recommend the KeepScreen app.
    https://market.android.com/details?i...=search_result
    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.
    03-21-2011 04:44 PM
  6. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    Ron, are you talking about using Google Navigation? The screen doesn't cut off in navigation mode.

    Or you can just turn on car mode. With car mode on, the screen won't cut off.
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    03-21-2011 04:46 PM
  7. Ronald's Avatar
    Ron, are you talking about using Google Navigation? The screen doesn't cut off in navigation mode.
    I was talking about Google Maps. I have never tried Google Navigation without first having an address input. I'll try that tonight.
    03-21-2011 04:55 PM
  8. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    I was talking about Google Maps. I have never tried Google Navigation without first having an address input. I'll try that tonight.
    Ah, okay. Just use car dock mode.
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    03-21-2011 05:00 PM
  9. kamtsa's Avatar
    I have searched (maybe using the wrong terms), but cannot find the answer to the question in the title. Is there a way to turn Google Maps into a GPS, that is, to have it run until I shut off the phone and prevent it from shutting off on the pre-set screen time out?
    Yes, actually it is a great GPS, better than everything I have used so far, as long as you have cellular connection. That's why I keep my old Gamin in the trunk as a backup.
    03-21-2011 09:20 PM
  10. takeshi's Avatar
    Is there a way to turn Google Maps into a GPS, that is, to have it run until I shut off the phone and prevent it from shutting off on the pre-set screen time out?
    That's really more of a question of keeping the screen active. There's no need to "turn Google Maps into a GPS" as it already is GPS enabled and offers GPS navigation.

    There are a number of ways adjust the screen timeout. My Droid has an option to keep the screen on while connected to USB power. There are also a number of apps, including the one mentioned above and Tasker. I use the latter.
    03-22-2011 08:46 AM
  11. Ronald's Avatar
    That's really more of a question of keeping the screen active. There's no need to "turn Google Maps into a GPS" as it already is GPS enabled and offers GPS navigation.

    There are a number of ways adjust the screen timeout. My Droid has an option to keep the screen on while connected to USB power. There are also a number of apps, including the one mentioned above and Tasker. I use the latter.
    Thanks. I'll use the dock mode for a while. It seems the easiest, as I have the Seidio car dock already.
    03-22-2011 08:52 AM
  12. Insp_Gadget's Avatar
    Thanks. I'll use the dock mode for a while. It seems the easiest, as I have the Seidio car dock already.
    You don't even need the actual dock (unless you're driving, of course). You can run the Car Panel app at any time (e.g. hiking) and then just hit the map button. Nothing to download. Nothing to attach.
    03-22-2011 10:00 AM
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