Bad news for Garmin, TomTom and other navigation software companies out there. I certainly welcome this offline mode.
According to Dutch blog All About Phones, that very feature (offline navigation mode) is on the way. Citing a “Dutch telecom industry source”, they say that the Navigation system should be able to direct you around sans connectivity as soon as this summer.
Google make an affordable, open sourced GPS so the dev community can improve it!
Actually the Android OS has been bad news for all since it's conception. Open architecture is the only way to go.
I myself like the in your face comment left on the article.
I predicted this...sort of.
Offline maps were the major thing holding Google Navigation back. Make the maps downloadable, and keep the POIs on the Internet since they are more quickly updated than Garmin.
If this does happen, I hope it has built-in .kml support, so we can use custom POIs without uploading them to Google's map creation tools first.
Google has been a game changer so far in the GPS space.
This is truly amazing. It will be the final nail in the coffin for most GPS sales.
If they can create online POI support, with offline support, it will be complete.
It will put a dent in sales. That is certain. But how many users are going to abandon their dedicated GPS for this?
What I want to know is if you lose your data connection weather tower triangulation is enough.
Quite a bit, a small Android tablet would make a fine PND with a boatload of other features. There is a 5 inch display being sold to manufactures right now!
Dell Streak here, with a 5" screen.
The GPS chip will still pick up the birds without the aid of the cell towers, but will take longer to get the lock. With the data connection out of commission, POI searches by "friendly" name probably won't work though navigation by address should.
If your question is if you loose your data connection can you still navigate with a smartphone, the answer is yes, you can.
See this thread: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/33255
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