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    As usual, very interesting stuff, Vegas. Thanks.

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    has anyone tried taking google maps navigation out of one of the android handsets? that provides street view local traffic turn by turn navigation as well as all the info of google maps

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    It would be illegal....the only application that is allowed to do turn by turn navigation using Google maps are the official Google applications.

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    why would it be illegal? its available free for download in the android market place. Did i miss something?

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    It's against googles terms of use to use its data for live navigation

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswiss View Post
    why would it be illegal? its available free for download in the android market place. Did i miss something?
    The cost of the product doesn't have anything to do with the ownership and licensing of the product. Google provides it for free, since it's (or will be) the delivey mechanism for their revenue-generating content, which are ads and search results. And they probably recieve licensing revenue from the phone companies themselves.

    The licenses and terms of service which developers agree to in order to gain access to the Google Maps and Google Earth programming APIs SPECIFICALLY prohibit the use of those products in real-time, turn-by-turn navigation applications. As add-ons to existing navigation software for the purpose of displaying search results or traffic conditions, probably not a problem.

    It's been clear for sometime that Google was going to get into navigation, it was only a question of when and how. As they become a bigger and bigger force in this market, expect to see the TOS and licensing restrictions on their map content become even more restrictive.

    Not that I don't wish we could do it, 'cause I think it would be a fun project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    It's against googles terms of use to use its data for live navigation
    I think the original question on legality had to do with using Google's official Google Navigation App outside of Android (which i don't think is possible, but who knows... ). It is against Google's TOS to use their map data for turn by turn/live navigation but I don't know if it's against TOS to use Google Navigation outside of Android (if even possible).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev000 View Post
    I think the original question on legality had to do with using Google's official Google Navigation App outside of Android (which i don't think is possible, but who knows... ). It is against Google's TOS to use their map data for turn by turn/live navigation but I don't know if it's against TOS to use Google Navigation outside of Android (if even possible).
    Good point. Of course, the real value component is the map data. How does the android navigation app stack up against Garmin or TomTom? Or Igo for that matter. I know they have the whole car dock thing going, but is it really up to par with the industry leading navigation interfaces? I haven't seen it in action, so I don't really know.

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    Street-view navigation is a technology that no other nav software can even come close to. The real question would be could google deliver a disconnected navigation product->and since that really wouldn't be full featured would consumers be willing to pay a monthly service fee for a standalone gps (I don't think so, which is why googles navigation will probably be limited to phones).

    But for the original question, I think googles nav app is so tied into the android sdk that it would be incredibly difficult to separate the two. Theres not even a solution to get google navigation running on android 1.5 let alone standalone Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    Street-view navigation is a technology that no other nav software can even come close to. The real question would be could google deliver a disconnected navigation product->and since that really wouldn't be full featured would consumers be willing to pay a monthly service fee for a standalone gps (I don't think so, which is why googles navigation will probably be limited to phones).

    But for the original question, I think googles nav app is so tied into the android sdk that it would be incredibly difficult to separate the two. Theres not even a solution to get google navigation running on android 1.5 let alone standalone Linux.
    This is more what i was asking, there are sdk emulators, wouldnt it be possible to just use one of those and kinda make it work? It shouldn't be breaking any laws if we're using a free google app with a free google sdk and not marketing it right?

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