Google Now Updated to Include Pedometer Card


*+-Google’s intelligent search app, Google Now, for Android smartphones and tablets now include an intelligent pedometer app that tracks your distance and knows how far you’ve walked. The updated card should automatically begin appearing on Android devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later and joins cards for weather, nearby restaurant suggestions, and other related search […]

Leaked Info Emerges for Native Google Maps App for iOS 6


*+-With iOS 6, Apple made the bold and controversial move to switch away from Google’s mapping services for its native iOS Maps app in favor of an Apple-developed back-end service. While the service does have its weak points–like inaccurate mapping–it does have its strong points like being the first version of a native iOS solution […]

How to Fix Samsung Galaxy S III GPS Problems


*+-A free Android app called GPS Status and Toolkit saved me from getting lost on a recent trip by fixing my Samsung Galaxy S III GPS signal failure. This weekend I went to visit my son at college. While returning home we stopped midway through the four-hour trip in an unfamiliar town looking for supper. […]

On the Road Reviews: OSO Dash Grip, Waze, and Twist


*+-Over the recent Labor Day holiday here in the US, my lovely wife and I took a road trip back to Chicago to visit family. It’s the first time we’ve been back to the Windy City in the summer for quite some time and boy did we have a great time. But, that’s not the […]

Patent Suggests Apple Bringing Automatic Profiles to Location-Aware iPhone


*+-Want your iPhone to switch to vibrate or mute in a meeting? Turn off notification and wireless when you enter a classroom? A newly uncovered Apple patent suggest that Apple is looking at enabling automatic profile switching, a much requested feature for the flagship smartphone since it was introduced in mid-2007, through the use of […]

ROXIMITY App Helps Ford Sync Drivers Find Local Deals


*+-Ford just announced that another app has been approved for user with its Sync AppLink platform. ROXIMITY is the latest app to join the Ford Sync in-car infotainment system and the app looks to deliver local deals to users based on driver’s location and the time of day. Similar to how deals sites Groupon and […]

Nokia Integrates Groupon Deals Into Maps


*+-Nokia Maps, which is currently available exclusively to Nokia’s Lumia-branded line of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, has recently been updated to incorporate Groupon deals. When users search for a business or categories of businesses, a map will populate with the usual pins. However, if there are any specials, discounts, or offers that are going on, […]

Amazon Rumored to Enter 3D Mapping Market for Kindle Fire Tablet


*+-Now that we’ve seen Apple’s and Google’s competing efforts for 3D turn-by-turn mapping for iOS and Android respectively, it appears that Amazon, which relies on the Android base code for its Kindle Fire tablet, will also be entering the 3D mapping market. The online retailer had reportedly acquired mapping startup UpNext, though Amazon has still […]

TomTom Making the Jump to Android This Summer


*+-While Google and Apple have been stealing the mapping spotlight with rumors of a bitter feud that will see Apple kick Google to the curb with iOS 6, major navigation player TomTom, which was among one of the earliest GPS manufacturers to arrive on Apple’s iOS platform to deliver voice guided turn-by-turn driving instructions, will […]

Will Voice Guided Turn-by-Turn GPS Directions Be Coming to iOS 6?


*+-With rumors that Apple may be ditching Google as far as the Maps app on iOS is concerned, there is now speculation that the move may also bring native voice guided turn-by-turn GPS instructions to the Maps app for the first time on Apple’s mobile iOS platform. According to a report on the Wall Street […]

Nokia Adds Social to Nokia Maps for Windows Phone


*+-The Nokia Maps app for Windows Phone is now in version 2.0 and along with the upgrade in version number, Nokia has also added some new features to its maps app. Nokia is now adding a social layer and crowd sourcing some of reviews of places and destinations. The new Nokia Maps 2.0 app now […]

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review: GPS Performance and Apps

Waze GPS App

*+-Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet is a Wi-Fi only device but does include a GPS radio for maps and navigation. Samsung also sells a car mount that will work with the Tab 2 (made for the Tab 7.0 Plus), indicating that the company expects users to use the tablet in place of a standalone […]

Asus Patches GPS Issue on Transformer Prime With Free Hardware Dongle


*+-To appease users and early adopters of its quad-core Tegra 3-powered Transformer Prime tablet, Asus is offering a free GPS hardware dongle for owners of the slates. It was discovered after the Transformer Prime had hit the market that the device’s metal construction had resulted in diminished GPS reception from the location chipset that Asus […]

Clarion Mirage Brings Android to Your Dash


*+-While there are nice mounts for tablets should you wish to use your slates for GPS navigation or as a portable music and Internet radio for your car trips, Clarion is hoping to create a more integrated solution with its Mirage in-dash solution. At this time, the Mirage is targeted as a native in-dash solution […]

New Broadcom GPS Chip Brings Faster Lock Times, Better Location Accuracy


*+-Broadcom has announced its new BCM4752 GPS receiver chipset for smartphones and mobile devices that promises a number of welcomed new improvements, including faster GPS lock times, space efficiency inside devices, power efficiency, and improved accuracy. What this means is that manufacturers of smartphones can deliver a better GPS and navigation experience to end-users while […]

Nokia Drive 2.0 for Windows Phone Brings Offline Navigation


*+-Nokia has updated its free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation app made specifically for the company’s Lumia line of Windows Phone. Now in version 2, Nokia Drive brings a number of new features to the Windows Phone platform, with the most noticeable feature being offline navigation. With offline navigation, users don’t need a constant connection to the […]

Nokia Maps Web App Updated for iOS, Android with Voice Guided Walking Directions


*+-Nokia has announced that the web app edition of Nokia Maps, which is compatible with the browsers on your iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, has been updated to include voice guided walking directions. Users interested in the capability can open their mobile browsers and visit to try out the speaking directions. The solution […]