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    Google as an information aggregator is in a great place in the market because they can deliver loads of info to devices. However, I think they are going about it the wrong way. Android is not an open platform, it locks you into android just like the iphone does. Canonical, the company who funds Ubuntu development, tried to get android apps running native. I think they dropped this. Google just doesn't care about the larger ecosystem that is begging for apps like this.

    I hope Nokia and the other Linux players will step up and get us the apps we want.

    Do they really want to make money off of Androids, or the knowledge of what people do with their mobile phones. I would think that it is the latter and that a business model for free nav is not too far behind.
    I think google just wants to get their name in everyone's head. Use gmail for mail, talk to your friends on your google phone using google talk, surf the web with your google chrome OS powered netbook. It's all about getting you to use all their products, and slipping in ads whereever you are.
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    Yeah, but the value proposition is pretty compelling. I don't mind using most things Google. They are usually either pretty good at guessing what I was looking for, or the ads aren't all that intrusive considering the software that you get.
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    Apparently there are plans to make this ad supported in the future:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/te...ies/29gps.html

    That would get a major "No" vote from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    Apparently there are plans to make this ad supported in the future:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/te...ies/29gps.html

    That would get a major "No" vote from me.
    So maybe a larger POI icon for those who pay for their advertising in the google nav software. I wouldnt care. I honestly cant see them going to an ad that would take up precious screen real estate.

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    :WHS: Don't care as long as it's not incredibly annoying. Also, if it is ad supported, then there's no reason for them not to develop it for other mobile platforms.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
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    I own the motorola droid and i have to say that the google navigation feature rocks. it was what made me start looking at the androidx86 project. It seems a ways off from being a viable solution plus i installed google earth with guino's rr plugin and it settled my cravings... even though it isn't full navigation it is useable
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    Who the hell are you?!
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by antimatter View Post
    A hypothetical form of matter
    Not quite....they've been making it for years now

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