CoPilot GPS App almost for free


CoPilot GPS is now a FREE route planning and on-board mapping app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. CoPilot GPS App now offers detailed street maps of an entire country or any part of the country and lets you store them on your mobile device – even when there’s no data connection. It comes with multi-stop trip planning too. What’s not free is voice guided turn by turn navigation with 3D maps, etc. You can buy these features from within the app for $20 which gets you lifetime update.

Some of the other features include:

  • maps store on your device for offline use
  • million of points of interest
  • multi-stop trip optimizer
  • walking mode

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Blaze from T-Mobile


T-Mobile just recently announced Galaxy S Blaze 4G from Samsung. Blaze will feature a GPS receiver like all other smartphones these days and come pre-installed with TeleNav GPS Navigator which brings you voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions in addition real-time traffic information as well as 3D maps.

You’ll have to wait until the end March to get your hands on this almost high-end smartphone which should cost you $150 after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

Of course one of the selling points of this phone is the fact that it can connect to T-Mo’s network at 4G speeds which uses the HSPA+42 system. Some other features of Samsung Galaxy S 4G Blaze from T-Mobile include:

  • Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
  • Snapdragon S3 dual core processor from Qualcomm running at 1.5GHz
  • 3.97″ Super AMOLED touch screen
  • 720p HD video recorder
  • 5MP camera with 4x digital zoom, flash and advanced shooting modes, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Preloaded with Netflix, DropBox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, Camscanner and LinkedIn

Garmin Smartphone Link – mostly no thanks

Garmin recently announced Smartphone Link. This is an for Android devices to bring live updates to your GPS navigation system. The GPS navigation system and your smartphone have to connect via bluetooth. It will work on all new bluetooth enabled nuvis and also nĂ¼vi 2475LT, 2495LMT, 2595LMT which require a software update.

As you may have guessed this setup will be using your phone’s mobile data plan and the Android app is free. However there will be premium content available through subscriptions.

Free services:

  • Live weather information
  • myGarmin messaging – update notifications and special offers from Garmin

Premium Live Services:

  • Live Traffic ($20/year): updated every two minutes and covers major highways, interstates and main roads
  • photoLive traffic cameras ($10/year): ability to see real-time photos from more than 10,000 traffic cameras across the U.S. and Canada
  • Fuel Prices ($10/year): best prices in your area
  • Advanced Weather ($5/year): current and 5-day forecasts, severe weather alerts and view animated radar images

If you have a smartphone why you would pay for these services is beyond me.. Live Traffic? Try Google Maps. Traffic cameras? There’s an app for that too. Fuel prices, Advanced Weather? All free on Android. We like Garmin devices but all these services we say NO THANK YOU. Still interested? Here’s the link.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 for Android Devices from Sprint

TeleNav just announced a new app for Android phones called GPS Navigator 7.1. This app has plenty of new features, one of which is the new home screen calledMy Dashboard. This gets you commute travel times instantly is customizable to your needs. Same thing goes for their brand new widgets which include a map of your current location, a search box, and again estimated commute times to your home and work.

It is going to be FREE on Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan.

Here are some other features:

  • Multi Route: Recommends up to three routes to your destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions
  • Favorite and Recent Destinations: Drive to your favorite and recent destinations more quickly and easily with one-touch access on My Dashboard
  • Daily Commute: Current drive times based on live traffic right on the home screen
  • Live Traffic: Traffic updates that automatically reroutes you around traffic jams or road congestion
  • Local Search: Search 22 million Places and get user-generated ratings and reviews
  • Gas Prices: Search up-to-date gas prices by location or by price
  • Voice Search: Keep your hands on the wheel with voice-activated commands
  • Local Weather: Get real-time weather and seven day forecasts for your current location
  • Voice Guidance: Driving directions spoken by a real human voice

c:geo – the unofficial client for geocaching.com


c:geo is an Adroid app for geocaching.

This is an unofficial client Geocaching.com and let’s you do searches for caches by different criteria as well as the ability to search for them on a map, and save them in your device. It doesn’t just simply pop open your browser, which is a nice touch. Everything is done within the app. It is free and actively supported. The latest update was on August 26th 2011.

They have setup a website – cgeo.org – dedicated just to this app.

NYT writers likes Google Maps Navigation better than Garmin


New York Times writer Eric A. Taub recently put his Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT and Droid X2 powered by Android side by side and took a trip to Disneyland. He reviewed things like the user interface, ability to find points of interests correctly, reaction time with voice directions, time it took to search for destinations, map updates, traffic info and more. It was a basic review, and never touched on the subject of what would happen if you were out of coverage area with your Android phone. Overall it is a decent review for beginners and reflects well on what’s going on with the GPS industry today. You can read the whole thing here.

Barnes and Noble Nook Color GPS workaround with TetherGPS


Folks at ComptonSoft just released an app called TetherGPS which will get GPS information to your Nook Color. The official use of TetherGPS is sharing of GPS data via Wifi between two android devices which makes it really useful for Nook Color since it lacks a GPS receiver and WiFi is the only way it can connect to the outside world.

Here is how the developer describes it:

Example use – Connect your Nook Color and your HTC Evo to the same network, or tether the Nook Color to the HTC Evo with android-wifi-tether. Run TGPS Server on the HTC Evo and TGPS Client on the Nook color. The Nook Color will receive GPS data from the HTC Evo. Applications on the Nook Color such as Google Maps and Google Navigation will then work using the shared GPS data.

See the video for more details.

how to share GPS location with others (Android)

Do you ever get that text message that says “where are you?” Sure you do. You’re popular and people need to know where you are. Navigadget is here to help.

There are a bunch of apps out there in the Android Market Place to share your location with others. But do you really need all that stuff just for a simple task? Nope. All you need is Google Maps. Here are the simple steps to share your location with others.

1) Open Google Maps on your Android. Wait for a GPS fix. Tap on the blue dot/arrow that represents your location. You’ll get the bubble you see here.

2) Tap on the bubble that says “My Location”. You’ll get this menu of things you can with do with this location. Fourth one from the top is “Send location to others”. Click on that.

3) Now you see a list of methods you can share this location. Our list includes Messaging, Facebook, TweetCaster, Bluetooth, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. Your list will be different depending on what you have installed.

4) I simply choose Messaging and my location along with a time stamp, the address (if available) is already pasted in to the message box. Now all you have to do is add the recipient.

That’s all. You have now shared your precise location with your friend(s).

Spot Connect Satellite Communicator with GPS for smartphones


Spot LLC continues to make satellite emergency systems available to more people. Their latest is called SPOT Connect which turns smartphones into a one-way satellite communicator that can send messages with GPS position to personal contacts, social networks or to summon help in emergencies from remote areas beyond cellular coverage.

SPOT Connect syncs via Bluetooth with Androids phones and uses the GPS to determine location and the Globalstar satellite network to transmit that information to personal contacts or an international emergency response center. This works when there’s no cellular coverage allowing you to send 41 character messages as text to your friends, family, or even update social networks. It also has a SOS button for standalone emergency operation, waterproof to IPX7 standard, and only weigts 3.7 ounces.

SPOT Connect will go for $170 and there’s of course a required annual subscription service starting at $100/year. Coverage is definitely better than T-Mobile but still it is completely global. The satellite messaging is available including continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia Northern and Central Africa, portions of South America and North-Eastern Asia and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas.

Wikitude Drive – Augmented Reality GPS Navigation

Check out this video from German made Wikitude. They just released the Android version of Wikitude Drive, an augmented reality GPS navigation system for GPS enabled smartphones. It was just launced in Austria, Germany and Switzerland but other countries are to follow.

If you’ve never heard of this before – it works by using the camera on the back of your smartphone and overlaying driving instructions on this live video feed. So instead of looking at a map you’re seeing the real world.

Is this really useful we’re not sure but it does look entertaining. What do you think?