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    Google Navigation for CarPC?

    Anyone know if it is possible to install Google Navigation that is used on Android phones on a carputer?

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    I'll be playing with the emulator this weekend to see if I could get it work. I think the biggest problem is going to be getting gps to work.

    It would be sweet to get it working.

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    If you can get it to run, then the GPS won't really be THAT hard. You'll need a program to call the emulator's command line tool with the current GPS data. I think all it really supports is passing location and direction/speed. It then exposes this data to the android OS api calls.
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    You can install the Brut Google Maps .apk (found on XDA) and run it fine through the emulator included in the SDK. It all seems to work fine and should work in any country for Navigation, but I don't know how to get the emulator to use my PC's GPS.

    Someone just needs to make it so you run a container program that launches the emulator in landscape with Brut Google Maps open, embeds it nicely, and allows the GPS to be passed to the emulator. I'm sure all the tools are out there, I just don't have the time.

    Personally I would love to be able to plug my Phone in to my CarPC for internet, and then use Google Navigation through RideRunner. I usually use Google Nav on my Android rather than iGuidance or GarminMPC. Honestly the car PC scene is dead compared to phones these days. We might as well just run Android x86 (which I have tried, but cannot get GPS to work in either, plus Intels 2.2 x86 is worth waiting for).
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    Quote Originally Posted by InfinitiPC View Post
    Honestly the car PC scene is dead compared to phones these days. We might as well just run Android x86 (which I have tried, but cannot get GPS to work in either, plus Intels 2.2 x86 is worth waiting for).
    Perhaps, if you're not a CarPC power user. I don't think my Droid could handle Peachtree or VMWare vSphere Client... maybe someday, and not near future. Also, it's VPN capability leaves a lot to be desired.

    I think Brut breaks google maps/navigation terms of use/service.
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    Umm... ok.
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    Well...Google Navigation is already in the sdk. I went into maps try to navigate...but all it did was search for gps. So if we can get GPS to work then we are good.

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    I was checking this out...but don't have time to really look out yet.

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1...d-sdk-emulator

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    As mentioned, there's no way to directly link the emulated GPS api to the host's GPS devices. however, I believe you CAN call a command line with the GPS coordinates, and it should work. Would take a program running on the host to constantly poll your GPS, and then call the commandline tool to tell the emulator the new position. not sure how must delay there is in this, but a balance could probably be found if the update rate was adjustable.

    EDIT: Correction, it's not a command line utility, it's through the emulator console (TELNET). You utilize the geo command, as documented here. Might be a simple app to write that would grab listen to the gps, and any $GPGGA or $GPRCM strings could be sent to the telnet connection as: geo nmea <$GP string>
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    Sounds like just another point of failure, which I like to eliminate. Sounds like a project I read about a few years back, someone trying to get some Pocket PC emulator to run with a GPS proggy... I don't think it's worth it.

    Plus, I don't care how you slice it, the Android emulator is slooooooooooow on all but the fastest of hardware. I just don't think it's really a solution at all at this point in the game.

    Interested to watch and see what happens though.
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    Dont most of the Front Ends have plugins now to use Google Maps? I know CF has it, and it finally gives Cr@pinator, I mean Destinator the ability to have live traffic routing. I am most def sure RR has something too.
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