GPS for DROID???

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    I'm new to DROID and have been searching hi n lo for a good GPS app...apparently GOOGLE is working on the FUTURE OF MOBILE GPS n it'll be out soon for the DROID..but for now is there a good one that's free or under 10 buxx?
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    There is one installed called Google Maps....
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    google maps, free... its good enough, little rough, but works for me every time so far. So can I have your 10$ now?
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    Have you not even tried the driving directions navigation in Goggle Maps? Confusing, as it shows you have a Eris but you don't seem to know about Google Maps features at all. Please explain if that isn't what you are asking.
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    Really now... Maps and Nav.

    Heck I want an aircraft/ aviation layer to maps, so I can ditch my 396, just kidding ... :icon_ devil:
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    Was the eris updated to use google nav? Or is it still being released with it's newest update soon.
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    Yes, but it only gives u directions..it's not GPS,bra!
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    Uh, wrong. It shows your location with GPS, and navigation gives you directions...
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    What exactly do you want to do with the GPS? That might help determine what app is best for you.
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    Do you know if it does this on the eris?
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    As I recall Google Maps isn't true GPS is it? I thought it was still location-based. So as long as you're in service range, then you're clear. But if you wander out of service range your GPS is useless.
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    Google maps uses the cell network to download the map image of where the GPS tells it you are.

    If there were a GPS app that did not use Google Maps (IE: had its own loaded basemaps on your SD card, or just displayed your lat/lon with a compass) then the connectivity to the cell network should not matter.

    Edit to add: Put droid in plane mode (shuts off cell service). I then turned on GPS status which does not use Google Maps at all. It still showed my correct lat/lon and adjusted bearing as I turned in different directions. That confirms that GPS works w/o cell coverage.

    Edit again: GPS Status does have a link to "Show on Map" however it is disabled when in plane mode.
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    Interesting. Garmin or Tom Tom needs to get on making a GPS app for Android then. I'd love to not have to buy a standalone.
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    Nope, but OP says he's on a Droid ...
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    It could be relatively simple. Someone with enough time on their hands could probably take google maps and turn it into a basemap that could be stored on the SD card. Just like a basemap is stored on a regular GPSr.
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    His current phone reads as droid eris, might be mistaking droid for android.
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    It seems that there is an app on the market for ~$30 that stores the maps on your phone so that you don't have to use 3G to download the maps. Its called CoPilot.
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    Take a look at GPSTest in the market place.
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    I don't think a tracking app is what the OP is asking for.

    You mean turn-by-turn and voice prompts. "GPS" by itself doesn't mean navigation app, despite the way many use it. In any case, Google Maps/Nav definitely uses GPS if available and certainly has turn-by-turn and voice prompts.

    Could you clarify whether you have a Droid or an Eris? If it's the latter, that explains why Google Maps can only give you directions.

    It will use GPS if available. The accuracy is a pretty good indicator of how it's locating you. If your location has the light blue circle around it then it's not using GPS.

    Be careful what you wish for. The Garmin app for BB doesn't locally store maps either. I'm suspecting that you specifically want locally stored maps like CoPilot.