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Thread: Is HTC going to kill FREE turn by turn directions?

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    Not liking where HTC is going cause this will likely lead to other Handset manufacturers following suit. What happened to the openness of Android?

    I guess at the end of the day manufacturers have the option to do whatever they want to each phone and $$$ will determine most decisions, but this is just giving more ammo to that guy who says android is not necessarily open, but just fragmented. Arggg.
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    I thought turn-by-turn Google Maps directions were only available in certain regions? Could this be for the regions Google doesn't do turn-by-turn for?

    Also, yeah, I assume it's like VZ Navigator. Some people swear by it and pay for it, and some people think they're morons for paying for what we already get for free.

    I personally love Google's navigation over my old GPS device. Would never consider another navigation program.
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    One thing that I do not like about portable GPS devices, is that you have to pay to have the maps updated (on a few of them) or you have 12 months free updates, then after that you have to pay.

    For me, I prefer Gmaps, since the rerouting is way quicker and I do not have to pay. With employment ending in couple months and the economy still down, FREE is good.
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    Please tell me that someone did the required research for this topic. Did anyone go online and see if the countries that this is being implemented in were actually supported by Google Maps Navigation, or are we just bashing a company based on our ethnocentric belief that all countries have access to Google Nav? Just curious...
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    alright, if verizon takes away free turn by turn directions i will be so mad.
    in fact, i might even get an iphone on vzw because free gps was one of the main reasons i like droids (jailbreaking will do a lot of the rest)

    if its only htc doing this though we can buy different brands, or get a rom that has free gps
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    Quote Originally Posted by sb1831 View Post
    Please tell me that someone did the required research for this topic. Did anyone go online and see if the countries that this is being implemented in were actually supported by Google Maps Navigation, or are we just bashing a company based on our ethnocentric belief that all countries have access to Google Nav? Just curious...
    This was my first thought when I read this. I checked to see if this was the case, and according to Google, many places in Europe and Asia have support for GMaps with turn-by-turn Navigation. Hmm.

    If they are doing this to add navigation functionality where it still isn't available (many places I checked appears it already is available with turn-by-turn) whether it's free or not, I think that's a good thing!
    If there is no FREE navigation available as of now, I'm sure people who would like to use it would gladly pay for it (at a reasonable price, of course). I know I would!
    This also is a good thing for us who currently use GMaps for free. TomTom no doubt will have a lot more features, and that would most certainly entice Google to up their game, don't you think?
    IIRC, didn't TomTom used to be on Palm and WinMo, but it was pirated so much that TomTom decided to make their own device? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember something along those lines. I really don't think HTC will disable GMaps on phones that already have it. IMO, Android is what made HTC who they are today. So, to go against Google (which helped HTC grow substantially) would be shooting themselves in the foot!


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    I use turn by turn navigation here and there, I don't use it very often but its a very useful tool that android offers, and its free! Now If I had to pay a fee to use such a service when its currently free then I would be very upset, don't really need the added features of what Garmin could offer for a price, don't use it often enough to justify any price
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    Quote Originally Posted by BayouFlyFisher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by techguru View Post
    Have any of you who are complaining ever compared google maps with TomTom our Garmin?

    There is a reason that google is free and that they are not. I would pay to have this on my Incredible now if the user interface is good.

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    I agree. If I didn't have a Garmin GPS, I'd pay to have it on my phone. They are better. IMHO and YMMV!!
    they might be better speed-wise and with direction accuracy in certain places (I've never had a problem yet though), but their UIs are bloody horrendous. if they were to replace their user inputs with something sensible, our just rely on android conventions entirely, and also allow updates over 3g, I might consider trying them. the only issue I've ever had with gMaps is the dirth of it's caching.
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    Ever try to use GoogleMaps to drive out to the country-side where data coverage isnt so hot?
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    Yeah this sounds more like a 3rd party app unless HTC removes the ability to use the navigation app by google.
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