xGPS 1.2 Released

xGPS 1.2 ScreenshotEverybody would say: Finally! Yes, xGPS 1.2 has been released. The version has been sent to the MMI repository and will be available within some hours. It should be in everybody’s Cydia as the MMI repository is installed by default. Just do a refresh within some hours and xGPS should pop up.

This version of xGPS has required us a lot of hours of work. We have tried to bring the most advanced and stable navigation software for the iPhone / iPod touch. However, even if we have made our best, you have to keep in mind that this software is free but not bug free. If you experience such a bug feel free to ask in the forum but do not say “It doesn’t work, it’s crappy”.

New Features

xGPS 1.2 Screenshot 2A lot of new features have been added. We will not re-enumerate them again. You can find an exhaustive list in the previous pre-release post. One thing which hasn’t been mentioned is a new way to create itinerary called “Routes manager”. Using this function you can compute and save routes for offline use. It let you choose places and addresses as starting and ending point. Please notice that there is currently no support for routes with more than one starting and one ending points. It’s due to a Google limitation and we are working on it.

The new major improvement in this version is the voice instructions support. It uses a Text-To-Speech engine to convert text instructions to sound. So there is no way to change the voice yourself as it is not pre-recorded sound. We are working on a cleaner English voice which should be included in the subsequent releases.

Also please note that this version will delete any existing downloaded maps on your device .

xGPS Manager

A new version of xGPS manager is also released. It has been rewritten from scratch and should be more user-friendly and self-explanatory. It is available for Mac OS X and Windows. For Windows users, you should have the Java system installed. Be sure to have it installed (you can download it at the Java Sun Website) before installing xGPS Manager. The manager can be downloaded from the official xGPS website.

Official xGPS Website

xGPS Manager 1.0 ScreenshotA website for the project has also been developed. It is still in hard development and the only thing available now is the ability to download xGPS Manager. We want also to inform you that we are experiencing some servers problems and are making our best to solve them. That’s why the websites sometimes become unavailable.

Logo

We have also chosen one of the proposed logo. We would like to thank you all for your ideas and creations. It was very difficult to choose. The creator of the logo (which can be seen in the blog header) is: dna75. A big thanks to him!

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all of you for your support and interest. Without you this project would not be in the state as it is today. We would like to restate that donations are still welcomed and allow us to offer xGPS for free and to afford servers costs. We would also to thank Thomas Heben and Fabio who are managing and answering all the questions of the forum, and even more! Thank you guys! Thanks go also to all the translators of xGPS. Thanks to them the project is translated in almost 25 languages! Impressive! Thanks go also to Demis Balbach for the amazing design of the website. Thanks also to ModMyI to host our project in their Cydia repository. Finally we would to thank you all the people we forgot to mention (sorry for that!). Without you this project would die.

One more thing…

As people always want to know the future. We will release and intermediate version some weeks later to fix translation problems which could have been occured and also minor bug fixes. You can still find exactly what is going to be fixed in subsequent releases by checking the TRAC website.

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385 Responses to “xGPS 1.2 Released”

  1. kyle says:

    i am downloading to my iphone, but it is taking forever. How long does it take to download the map of a metropolitan are w/xgps?

  2. DImitri says:

    Interesting issue I found. For example when I use native google maps to locate and browse Island of Sint Maarten everything works fine but once I use xGPS either Manager or program on Iphone you see only Gray screen and nothing else.

  3. ben says:

    Have the same issue than dimitri.. the screen is gray and I cannot see any map on my laptop using Manager.
    My java version is updated and I tried with both 1.0 and 1.1 versions of Manager

  4. jonlili@adam.com.au says:

    My itouch 2g does not seem to log routes ????, it has this function in the software but does not appear to work.

  5. Chandu says:

    I have downloaded the maps and set GPS as IPHONE 3G GPS.I have set the home address also.But i get a message that no internet connecting when i press the go home button or give any address withing the downloaded map area.Since i have downloaded the maps , is’t it supposed to work with out the internet connection?Are there any other settings.I have tried with offline mode on/off with no success.I am using IPHONE 3G.

  6. Chandan says:

    Those seeing grey area on the screen, if they are seeing grey and dark grey small blocks… that means they have not downloaded the map for that zoom level. Check the zoom settings that you used while downloading the maps.

  7. Chandan says:

    Can somebody please tell me if the xGPS can use the downloaded maps to calculate route when data is not enabled on the iPhone. I have iPhone 3GS and theoretically xGPS hsould be able to calculate route if the maps are pre downloaded even when the data is not enabled on the iphone.

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    Hey can any1 plz tell me how can i use d downloaded maps 4 a particular route …… Like to n frm … I get dat option in d regular Gmaps app … I cud’nt find it in xGPS …

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    Just started using the xGPS Drive app on an iPod touch with a Dual GPS cradle.

    I found the maps to be very limited once I left my immediate vicinity, within a few miles of home.

    Yesterday on my 15 mile drive home from work, several times I found myself driving in a gray checkerboard, but zooming out to about 2 miles per inch, the map returned.

    Today I was driving the same route as yesterday and for half my trip home from work I had no map at all. This was in a suburban area. Just for fun, I tried to set navigation back to work, like I did this morning, but it said I had no internet connection, which leads me to believe the number and quality of maps on the iPod at any one time are very limited.

    I don’t know if there’s a solution to make the software of any real use with an iPod. It may need to be used with an iPhone to get continuous map updates. I never saw that mentioned in what I read before buying the app.

    The mapping part of the navigation software worked okay on my way to work this morning, but I started before it had a GPS fix. It gave me the choice to start navigation from my last known GPS position, which I assumed to be home, but it started 5 miles out of my way in a nearby town. It kept telling me I was off course and 14.5 miles from my destination even after my path merged on the map with the route from where I wasn’t. When I got to work, the map showed my location correctly at my destination, but the text directions still said I was off course and wanted me to return to the nearby town and start over.

    I hope to be able to find some use for it, as it seems okay except for a few major deficiencies with the maps.

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    will xGPS fix also GPS related applications, for example RunKeeper and FourSquare etc ? How can I use RunKeeper if I have xGPS installed ?

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