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Maps let me down again last night...

Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by GadgetRick, Dec 23, 2009.

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    So we all know Maps is a kick ass app. I love it. However, we all know the issues with Maps--especially the issue with Google not having their poop together on their addressing/mapping database. I run into this a little too frequently. Last night was another one of those times but I really needed it.

    Had a Christmas party to go to. Knew the name of the restaurant and the town so just searched and it came up. Went to the website, tapped on the address (which was properly listed, btw). Maps opened up but it kept dropping the street number. I couldn't put in the number manually either. Kept dropping it. Annoying and it was a little difficult finding the place since Maps just took me to the middle of the street which is a long street with lots of stuff.

    This is my MAIN gripe about Maps. Google has known their addressing/mapping database has been lacking for YEARS and they still haven't fixed it. I'm hoping the popularity of Maps--especially as they port it to other phones--will make them fix this problem. It happens all too often and it's just plain annoying and has made me late on more than one occasion (and I'm anal about being on time).

    Please fix this already Google!!!!!
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    Did you try to speak it?

    Navigate to....
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    +1 beat me too it!
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    It's those Ninja Moves.....
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    hehehehehehehe
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    And that would get me what? If it is dropping the street number it will do it no matter how you put it in.
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    Were you using google maps or the new Nav app? I used Nav for 3200 miles over thanksgiving week. It didn't fail once :)
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    i'm sorry, newb question, but what is the difference? sorry.
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    Every time I speak "Navigate to" I get a web browser with a google search for Navigate to.

    I speak "Directions to" and this works well.
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    Whatever happened to using your eyes? Be happy your PHONE could direct you to the street that its on... After that, just look for the big well lit sign with its name on it.
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    If it's a problem with maps you can report it (on Google Maps) and they'll most likely look into it, I reported problem on my street recently and they responded, they said they'll investigate then they reported it's indeed a problem and will be fixed in next release of maps.

    ero
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    That, and if you know the address, then you will know what side of the street and which block, etc. the restaurant is on. ;)
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    If you do it from car home it will work every time.
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    Hmm, so now we should not expect the software to do what it's designed to do? :::scratching head:::

    It's funny, when someone says a negative thing about ANYTHING having to do with a Droid (or Google), everyone makes excuses for them. This is a problem Google should fix. They have had a problem with their database for YEARS. I know this because I've been using Google maps for YEARS and have run into the same kinds of problems for YEARS. So why, exactly, should I cut them slack?

    It's a NAVIGATION program which they claim NAVIGATES to various places (including an address). It's not designed to take me to the street so I can, "use my eyes," to find what I'm looking for. It's designed to take me DIRECTLY to the address I am looking for. If it doesn't do this, then it should be fixed.
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    sounds like you're unhappy with your purchase. you should consider moving on to another product and/or using a different service.

    if this isn't an option for you, you should learn how these things work. people aren't making excuses so much as you're not willing to hear the reasoning.

    google maps may be incomplete for your area. you should submit a request to have your area updated. they do review those requests.

    as far as using the phone for a gps navigation unit, i've had plenty of other SPECIFIC gps units give me a wrong turn, send me down the wrong end of a road, or completely botch the directions altogether. it's still an emerging technology and should improve substantially over the next 10 years.

    10 years ago, relying on internet maps was YOUR fault.
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    A couple of points. I've used GPS's in rental cars for years and have a number of amusing (now) stories of being misdirected by that sweet little lady who sits on my dash. For example, I was once directed to a vacant lot in Long Beach when I was looking for a hotel in downtown LA.

    I've found a few anomalies in the Google Nav system. Here in the Seattle area we have a street grid with numeric avenues running N/S and numeric streets running E/W. They're all numbered from a central point in downtown Seattle, so one can find oneself looking for an address at the corner of 124th Ave NE and NE 124th St. This is confusing enough to locals, much less to the map app. So I've found the Nav app gets confused when trying to distinguish between 205th Ave and 205th Place, especially when the cross street is NE 205th Street.

    In short, I'm extremely grateful to find the Nav App gets me close to where I'm headed, especially since $1000 GPS's frequently have the same problem that the free app in my DROID encounters.
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    It's try that there may be a few problems with the Google Map database but the fact is the application and turn by turn navigation are FREE and that even with stand alone GPS systems there are flaws. If you don't like the way Google Maps is performing maybe a better option for you would be a stand alone system. Just my 2 pennies worth
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    oops, I should really learn how to type, should have said it's true not try. Oh well I will blame it on lack of sleep.

    I learned how to use it. I R SMRT
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    you should learn how to use the edit button also. ;)
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    i've reported two address issues to google through their online tool, but haven't heard anything back.

    in one instance they had a pizza shop shown about 2 miles from where it really was, and in the other a vet's office was over 5 miles off. in both cases the maps application recognized the address and located it where it thought it was. for example i mapped little ceasars pizza located at 819 forest parkway, ga, 30297. google maps has the location wrong but yahoo maps has it right.

    in the meantime i've resorted to double checking google maps against yahoo maps and i also use street view or satellite view to try and verify the location before i set off navigating.

    although google maps may be right a large percentage of the time i agree they need to be more vigilant in correcting address mistakes and updating their database. nothing is perfect, but there's also nothing wrong with setting high expectations and standards. if other mapping applications have some of these things correctly i'm not sure why google doesn't. that said, always double check before navigating.
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