Sunday, September 30, 2007

GPS for the Blackberry

I've already covered the Telenav and Google Maps GPS applications for the Blackberry.
The main problem with Telenav is that it only has maps of US and Canada. GMaps has maps of all the world available, but does not have voice directions and does not follow your location automatically.

Damian constantly updates me with new applications for the Blackberry. He has found 2 new applications that may address those issues:
  1. Nav4All - Not only does it have European maps, it also supports voice directions in many languages. It's geared towards phones mostly, so instead of maps you'd get direction arrows. But that, coupled with voice instructions will get you to your destinations.
  2. amAze - Not as friendly as Telenav, but covers most of Europe and Australia (in addition to Canada and US) and supports voice directions. According to Damian, Their OTA (Over The Air) install doesn't work so download the zip file, unzip and install via the Desktop Manager.
And the best news? Both softwares are free. And both will work on any phone that supports Java.
I'm still hoping Google will release a version with voice directions - especially since they now have the technology in-house.

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