GPS Voice Navigation for WP7 gives you Google Maps and MapQuest support for $6.99
posted by Daniel P. / Jun 11, 2011, 3:44 AM
Third party solutions are starting to appear amongst the 20 000+ applications for WP7, and still from indie developers, the major GPS software players obviously consider the free offline voice-guided navigation of Nokia's Maps, which is coming to WP7 to replace Bing, too much of a threat.
Nokia and Microsoft work out the kinks, since the first Nokia Windows Phones are unlikely to sport Nokia Maps yet anyway. The app can work with data from Google, Bing, Yahoo and MapQuest, featuring voice-guided navigation, as well as written turn-by-turn guidance.
Here's what the app features, according to the Windows Marketplace description:
- Google, Bing, Yahoo and MapQuest maps support (road and hybrid).
- Spoken driving instructions.
- Handy dashboard with estimated time of arrival (ETA), time and distance travelled, remaining distance and other information about your trip.
- User-centered design that offers more than just an interface to online maps.
- Two ways to define a destination or find a location – point it on the map manually or look it up using the address finder.
- List of previously searched destinations in the Search menu.
- Works with metric (kilometers) and imperial (miles) units.
- Prevent autolock and back-button confirmation options.
- Landscape and portrait views supported.
GPS Voice Guidance is priced at the reasonable $6.99, with a free trial, and can be found in Marketplace if you want to stray away from the default Bing Maps navigation every now and then.
Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009
6.99 for what you get for free on android!? Fail. I'm not trying to be a troll but if this is their way of attracting customers to use their platform they should just give up now. If you have a Windows Phone 7 device, trade it in for an android. You won't regret it. **Oh and if you only like WP7 for its interface try downloading "Launcher 7" in the android market. It replicates metro UI and pretty much turns your android into a windows phone...
posted on Jun 11, 2011, 4:51 AM 2
Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 12, 2009
I see your not trying to be a troll...but its still a little on the troll side. I think your missing the point of what this article is about. WP7 is doesnt have native Turn by Turn voice GPS yet though it is on its way as stated. It will be FREE when its out. In the mean time IF you dont want to wait it out but still want to stay with WP7 then this program is an option by a 3rd Party developer on the market. (they do have others that are cheaper/free but they just arent that good.) complaining about the 6.99 pricetag for this application doesnt reflect the OS but rather the developer (who probably spent alot of time to get 4 Different street maps! into one program smoothly) I honestly think the price is fair for what it does do extra. Also the comment about switching to android is seems biased. Though your opinion is respected you feel android is better. Saying someone else will like it better is highly subjective. I had the droid eris, Droid(1), Droid 2, Droid X, Thunderbolt, Galaxy S(Fasinate), and recently Droid Incredible. All used stock and rooted..and I love my HTC Trophy more than all of them. In my opinion android just isnt as stable as alot of other os's should be and its too different from OEM to OEM. Im tired of having to root my phone to make it better(again opinion) so WP7 provides that stability. As well as its ability to sync with my Windows 7 computer and Xbox360 without any real effort (which if its not a recent HTC is a PAIN on most androids). Zune is a monster of a music/video program (I think is size second only to iTunes but in interface is MUCH better) I wouldnt trade these experiences in to go back to slow/choppy half baked flash usage and forceclosing on even default applications.
posted on Jun 11, 2011, 7:44 AM 4
Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009
I respect what your saying. Android can be buggy at times especially for stock users. I'm used to rooting my phones and overclocking them with custom roms to make the experience that much better but I haven't thought of it that way until now. I've played with a samsung focus and there is no denying that the response and stability is very fluid throughout the UI. I think i'm more bias to android simply because of how customizable it is. Looking at other people's android phones it looks completely different and then looking at WP7 it all seems the same (which is my main drawback). As much as I'm loving all that comes with android I won't lie, I do wish I had XBL or Zune media player on my phone and I'm sure WP7 users wish for some Android features as well but I'll probably always feel the way I do when it comes to android just because of how mature it is and how much its grown... I'm more of a technical guy so android is more of my preference but I get what you mean. WP7 was made to be quick and simple. I wasn't really thinking when I posted. My apologies for the slight trolling :) No harm meant.
posted on Jun 11, 2011, 10:44 AM 1
Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 12, 2009
No real harm done and I respect you for posting that :) Its just a lot of users down WP7 before its even given a fair chance. I do agree with what your saying to some degree but at the same time its just a matter of the person. Like when you said that you feel your phone is customizable and is different from everyone elses. I can see the draw for some people to want to do that but for me I could care less really how custom the phone is. I can change a few things in WP7 but all around I like it for its function. I like that the software is the same across the board so then I only have to choose what hardware I like/carrier I want and can make my phone the same as it was on my last device. Even being a technical guy I just got tired of android with the constant issues with stock then having to root and loading a ROM then keeping up with updates for constant fixes to it. After so many years for me its just got old. I worry about my computer too much to have time for mobile too ;) I want something I can just take out, do what i want, then put it away and do other things at this point. This is why people shouldnt really look at the "hype" or appeal but rather what can the phone "do" for them. It works for me perfectly but I know others would be better off with android or iOS. Just an opinion :)
posted on Jun 11, 2011, 11:11 AM 0
Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009
WP7 does need to get thier native "VOICE" GPS up and running and for free though becauset that is a big selling point for me, i fought hard for years not to get a Smart phone, but i seemed to give in imediatley when i heard android had "FREE" Voice GPS. Now that i've had my phone for over a year, I wouldn't trade it for anything, I am curious to experience a WP7 but can't see my self switching any time soon.
posted on Jun 11, 2011, 12:33 PM 0
We've waited a lot to have a decent voice guided turn by turn app for this platform and now we have a few, this one with Google maps. Until Microsoft launches something good like Google Navigation I'm happy to have apps like GPS Voice Nav and Turn by turn Nav. I prefer GPS Voice Nav as user interface, but I hope it will be more stable with the new upgrade - wpcentral.com sais they are releasing one major with multilanguage this week.
posted on Jun 15, 2011, 11:56 AM 0
That's a very useful app. I like that I can choose between 4 different map providers!They fixed a lot of stuff with the update, so make sure you update it. Eats up a lot of your battery life, though, but that's to be expected. Other than that - great job! WP7 is growing every day. :)
posted on Jun 23, 2011, 8:12 AM 0
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