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 [TOPIC] Google Maps Navigation - Reviews - v6.11.1

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offthegrid Posted - 09 oct. 2009 : 04:01:28
GOOGLE MAPS NAVIGATION - v6.8.0


Updated June 28th, 2012 : just a year after map caching was added to the "Google Labs" options, it has now been expanded (10 to 60 miles) and appears as a "normal" feature.
Updated July 6th, 2011 : version 5.7.0 now available with a brand new "hidden" feature, map downloading for offline use, more details on page 8.
Updated April 2011 : version 5.3.1 now available.
Updated March 7th, 2011 : version 5.2.1 available in the market. New features include adding ratings and pinging lattitude friends so that they check in, more details on page 7.
Updated February 3rd, 2011 : version 5.1 now available in the market, adds "check-in" feature to Lattitude, new map orientation mode using the compass available too.
Updated December 10th, 2010 : Google have announced v5 of Google Maps Navigation with some significant changes such as local caching of maps and 3D Buildings, more details on page 5.

Updated 11/2010 : New v4.7.0 version available, more tweaks.
Updated 10/2010 : New v4.5.1 version available with some tweaks.
Updated 09/2010 : GMN updated to v4.5 with a new pedestrian mode, see details in page 3.

Updated 06/2010 : GMN updated to v4.2 and now available in Europe, see details on page 3.
Posted 10/2009

- Oops, Google have done it again...the announcement of Google Maps Navigation (beta) while not entirely unexpected, sent the stocks of the GPS players tumbling down 20% today. Is this an overraction?

While the market is always right and Google have clearly spoilt us with great apps over the years, we should keep in mind that this is an "off-board" application with all the data stored on a remove server, not locally like on an AIO, so 3G (or even 3G+/HSDPA) will be required for the data rich content. Also only the Android platform is getting it for now and it's limited to the USA.

EDIT BY GPSPASSION 20091029
Original message : Google maps went rogue today by putting their own maps online replete with a 'report a problem' link for users to request map corrections.

I have no doubt Google has tied gps traces from gmaps mobile users to the mapping along with every public mapping source available to update these faster and more accurately than Navteq or TA.

In the past when there was discussion of why gmaps mobile did not provide free turn by turn routing functions the answer was the cost to get 'routing' maps. Well thats been eliminated and I expect before years end a free routing with traffic avoidance will be part of the mobile mapping package.

Google has by far the best traffic intelligence backed by the most comprehensive data. If they make the maps as good as I believe they will this is a HUGE threat to TomTom, Garmin, Navteq and certainly will kill the $10 a month smartphone add ons in quick fashion.

How long before a connected gps device is available using free Google info and routing?

This is a double blow to TT because as GatorGuy stated in another forum they will be losing considerable income in addition to dealing with a new competitor.

[Former title : Google Maps Navigation - Threat to GPS industry ?]
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gpspassion Posted - 04 sept. 2012 : 19:54:02
v6.11 now available, adds cycling routes in some areas.
gpspassion Posted - 28 juin 2012 : 12:29:32
Can't seem to update to 6.9.0 for now but your description confirms what I feared (givent the difficulty to do anything else), i.e. that the "off-line" features that Google had "hinted at" were in fact the "Google Labs" feature becoming available as a standard feature, albeit with some added "depth" (60 miles versus 10 miles). Apps like Locus let you cache much larger sizes of Google and many more types of maps.
jeffcarp94 Posted - 28 juin 2012 : 03:54:32
Various people and media outlets read more into what Google announced about off-line than what they really said. Google never announced an off-line navigation capability. All they did was announced off-line maps which is exactly what they delivered today. They have this capability in the previous versions but it was definitely a temporary situation. I always thought of it more as off-line caching. It would only stay for about a week and it was a very small area.

The capability today allows you to download a square area of various sizes to your handheld device. As far as I can tell, the download is permanent and all of your downloads are accessible in the places app section of Google maps. You can even name the downloaded areas to a custom name if you desire.

I downloaded three areas before jumping on an airplane tonight and from the airplane I could go into those areas and zoom so in to street-level detail.

There is no navigation, there are no directions there is no searching for places of interest. It is strictly
off-line map viewing which if you go back and review what Google announced, it's allbut they promised.
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wco81 Posted - 28 juin 2012 : 02:03:28
So 6.9 is suppose to allow up to 60 miles of map tiles downloadable, versus the previous limit of 10-miles?

But it's for "metro" areas, which may not cover smaller towns in other countries.

In another forum, someone is claiming that you need a data connection at least initially to have it calculate the initial route. That would make the Nexus tablet that they just announced today unable to use GMN, unless you have a smart phone with a hotspot or a Mifi?
gpspassion Posted - 06 juin 2012 : 22:40:16
FF to 06/2012 and v6.8.0 is now the latest version but not much is new compared with last year...but this is apparently about to change according to this article http://www.androidcentral.com/google-maps-android-getting-offline-access - with Google ready to launch a full off-line maps/navigation application.

We'll have to see how they handle the map downloading, the routing, the address/POI search, etc... I recently used the "caching" for a trip abroad in a large city and while it worked ok, the lack of searching or routing did not make it very useful to spot places.
gpspassion Posted - 08 sept. 2011 : 17:57:40
Yes, it's nice to see new versions regularly but I can't say I saw many changes with the recent version, including 5.9.0, this will have to change with the next version, V6.0.0 ;-)

Did a lot of driving this summer, 7,005 miles coast to coast, mostly relying on my Garmin 3790T but I was running GMN on my Android smartphone at all times to have access to the stops I had programmed on Google MyMaps and to get a "big picture" thanks to the "alternate routes" feature. Routes were generally ok, but the biggest problem I'd already mentioned here is the overly pessimistic ETA, unlike my nuvi 3790T that was always within 10 minutes of the actual time.

Google really need to work on that, as well as adding the speed limits.
michaelnel Posted - 21 août 2011 : 04:13:57
5.9.0 is out now too. Just keeps getting better!
gpspassion Posted - 11 août 2011 : 14:03:52
Yes, 5.8.0 here too and for some strange reason I can't zoom in to a very detailed level anymore in the "maps" app, the nav app doesn't have that problem. I'd had that after updating to 5.7.0 too I think and a reboot had fixed it, will try clearing my cache to see if it helps.
michaelnel Posted - 03 août 2011 : 18:36:29
How can you tell what version is installed?

edit : Never mind, I found it. I have 5.8 installed. What a cool app!
lost-in-space Posted - 02 août 2011 : 19:43:46
I got update 5.8 the other day. Suppose to bring improvements to Places and Latitude.
gpspassion Posted - 07 juil. 2011 : 02:48:24
Another new interesting feature, have you tried it? Does it work well?
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Originally posted by jeffcarp94

Google released v5.7 of its Maps / Navigation app for Android today and it's most important feature is unannounced and undocumented. This version now includes an experimental feature that enables downloading of map segments for offline use without a data connection!

This feature is enabled through the Labs feature of Google Maps.

After downloading the app update, start Google Maps and go to MENU, MORE, LABS. Click on the Download Map Area option.

Now, search for a place or scroll to an area of the map. Long press on the map to bring up the address of the long pressed area. Press the right arrow to bring up the details. Now, in either the menu you are looking at, or in the MORE menu item, you will see Download Map Area.

This will download a 10 mile square area around that point that can be used offline.

Wow. What a huge step. This is obviously the start of something huge.

Thanks for reposting here, this is very exciting news indeed. We already had some automatic caching of the route but this adds another level, on my way to updating my Smartphone to check it out "live"...

...working indeed, not much to it, took about 1 minute to download the tiles. To test it I put my smartphone in airplane mode and tried to zoom in. It works but it doesn't seem like all the area covered by the rectangle shown after the download was complete has detailed maps.

To manage downloaded maps you need to go to more/cache settings/downloaded map areas and you click on the map to see the covered area.

I cleared the cache and while the map is still listed nothing appears on the map, so it seems that new feature works in combination with the cache somehow.

Will have to check out if routing is at all possible offline within the downloaded section.
toronado455 Posted - 07 juil. 2011 : 02:37:54
Engadget just posted a bit about the new public transit feature.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/06/google-maps-transit-navigation-beta-for-android-hands-on-video/
jeffcarp94 Posted - 07 juil. 2011 : 00:40:27
Google released v5.7 of its Maps / Navigation app for Android today and it's most important feature is unannounced and undocumented. This version now includes an experimental feature that enables downloading of map segments for offline use without a data connection!

This feature is enabled through the Labs feature of Google Maps.

After downloading the app update, start Google Maps and go to MENU, MORE, LABS. Click on the Download Map Area option.

Now, search for a place or scroll to an area of the map. Long press on the map to bring up the address of the long pressed area. Press the right arrow to bring up the details. Now, in either the menu you are looking at, or in the MORE menu item, you will see Download Map Area.

This will download a 10 mile square area around that point that can be used offline.

Wow. What a huge step. This is obviously the start of something huge.
gpspassion Posted - 12 juin 2011 : 09:54:31
Yes, what I was pointing out is that you can't expect GMN to be as useful, or even to look much like it does now, without any network access. In fact if you have $7 to spare there is no need to wait for this rumoured update to navigate worldwide on the cheap with navdroyd that let's you navigate with OSM maps.

I'd be more interested in seeing Google add the much needed speed limit signs to the existing GMN and also a better ETA as it's often very pessimistic.
toronado455 Posted - 11 juin 2011 : 08:58:23
Right, they're not going to remove features like traffic, etc. I think what gpspassion was saying is that (only) while in "on-board" mode, traffic, etc. would be unavailable.

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