iPod Touch Google Maps app

Written by admin on September 1, 2009 – 1:34 pm -

The iPod touch has a default application or app called Maps. I’ve always considered this application a novelty for us who live outside North America, Europe or even Australia as no street level data or maps were provided with it. Google by the way is the company that provides the data for this app and since there is no data provided one could only use the satellite view which could not be used for navigation.

I posted an article some time ago about Google being aggressive in the Korean market by developing their maps in Korea. Well it seems like that seems to be bearing some fruit now, if you have an iPhone or iPod touch, try firing up the Maps app and you’ll be pleasantly surprised that one can now perform some rudimentary form of navigation.

I tried this by entering locating myself on the map, since the iPod touch does not have any sort of GPS as the iPhone, it locates itself via WiFi using Skyhoook. The results have been fairly accurate and Skyhook has pinpointed my location all the time. A neat surprise is that Google or some third party developer has integrated the Seoul Metropolitan Bus routes into the app and you can now see what bus numbers are available to get to particular place including time intervals and an estimate of how low it will take to get there. Pretty neat eh!

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