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GPS Voice Navigation on February 20, 2009!

2/11/2009 06:25:00 PM - 2 comments
“Location service is going to be a really big deal on the iPhone”.

That’s what Steve Jobs said while introducing the new iPhone 3g at WWDC 2008. But is this really that big deal as it is called? Ok, you can locate yourself on a map, but who needs that? Nobody! What we need is a navigation system, which tells you how to get where ever you want!


So, of course the big companies like TomTom or ALK Technologies have already developed an App to solve this problem, but – how could it be different – Apple prohibits them to sell it at the App Store.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 the first public “alpha” of xGPS was released. xGPS is a Navigation System, which is based on Google Maps and works on both, iPod Touch (1G/2G) and iPhone(3G), if you have a GPS module. It is already avaible in version 1.1.0 via Cydia (source:

cydia.xwaves.net).

Something huge coming…

On February 20, 2009 the release of the version 1.2 is planned. This version comes, apart from its known features, with a night mode and you will be able to listen to music while navigate, but the most important change is that there will be VOICE NAVIGATION!

“A first beta version of voice navigation in English is now implemented and the speech engine does a pretty good job of pronouncing the directions). It will need some future tweaks to correctly pronounce abbreviations (like Rd, Blvd, Pkwy, N, E, S W, slashes, etc), but other than that it does a very good job. It would also be nice if the user could set the distance(s) at which voice directions are given; they are currently set at about 400m and 20m before the next turn.“

This should be the first working navigation system for iPhone and iPod touch!

Watch the xGPS test video at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6BrtXI9Da4

2 Responses

Can this work on my Jailbroken 2g iphone ?

Yes, but you have to buy a GPS module!

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