Oct 8, 2012

Nexus 7 and Navigation: Arriving at your destination without WLAN

The Nexus 7 comes with GPS (http://www.google.com/nexus/#/7/specs):
So it should be possible to use the tablet as route guidance system. While smartphones can connect to the internet via GPRS, UMTS or LTE then Nexus 7 can only use WLAN or Bluetooth to connect to the internet.
There some postings out there, what apps you can use:
My first attempt was using Google Map and Google Navigation. First you have to download some maps for offline use (there are some tutorials out there - or use "->Settings->Make available offline" in Google Maps.)
After that i switched off WLAN and tried to enter a destination in Google Maps:

Hmm - this did not work. What about Google Navigation?
After giving a destination i got this screen forever....

So i decided to buy an app from Googles play store, but there is nothing like TomTom or Navigon to buy or download:
But i read, that at least TomTom announced a navigation app for Googles play store...
As long as i find no navigatio app, i will use my Nexus 7 as road atlas and doing the navigation part on my own ;-)

1 comment:

  1. The second app on your list "navfree" allows you to download the maps in advance. Or you can buy a mifi like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiFi
    here's an example.
    Happy surfing.