Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Google Maps Mobile Beta on my Blackberry 8700CMy friend Jim reminded me the other day about an app I recently installed and have not taken the time to write about, despite the fact I've been using it - namely the Google Maps Mobile (beta) client that I have running on my Blackberry 8700C.

Available for a number of handheld platforms, this network-connected client software allows you to do a lot of what you've already come to expect from Google Maps on the web, only now you can take advantage of the service your handheld. Everyone I've shown it to in the past couple weeks has agreed that it's pretty darned awesome.

Things you can do with the Google Maps Mobile client:

  • Search for nearby businesses cataloged in Google Local (via the "Find Business" menu option)
  • Specify a location to show on the maps (it remembers locations you enter, too)
  • Get driving directions to or from any location (just click the location and choose from the menu)
  • View locations either in map or satellite view, and toggle between views
  • Zoom in and out, and pan left/right, up/down

It would be nice to have a feature for the driving directions to be listed on a single page, turn-by-turn, rather than only on the map at the waypoints (which works just fine, just not what I'm used to). But hey, who's to complain? It's free. Heh...

The mobile client seems to be available for multiple devices, so read the list to see if yours is supported, and to get it point your mobile device at:

http://www.google.com/gmm

I installed mine by visiting that page and installing over the air - the best method there is, really.

And for a bit more information in your regular ol' (non-mobile) web browser, see the Google Maps Mobile (beta) page and read the FAQ.



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Tuesday, 16 May 2006 22:28:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 20 May 2006 13:30:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Arg thats sexy, Wish I had one.
Dave
Thursday, 25 May 2006 16:41:42 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Google maps mobile is cool. I installed it last week after Google announced street level maps for Australia. Unfortunately, they haven't included street level maps in the mobile version yet.

Also, trying to press the menu numbers is a real PITA on my HTC Wizard, as it means I have to open the keyboard, and sometimes that crashes my smartphone as it doesn't repaginate properly.
Zan5hin
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 02:35:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Does any of you guys know, whether using google maps and/or the Google calendar Sync function is part of the normal Vodafone unlimited email/internet bundle for blackberries or have they worked out some smart system by which they can charge that stuff extra?

TT
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