Getting Rround with GPS and Google maps

One of G1's most anticipated promises was the phone's Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) capabilities and accompanying location services. That's hardly surprising, considering that GPS units were one of the hottest Christmas gifts for 2008.

The uses for a GPS are limitless. Finding directions and pinpointing location are common uses, but less common ones include social networking and event routing. The buzz before the G1's release was more of a question: Would it include GPS capabilities, and how would they work with Android?

The good news is, yes, GPS was included first on the G1 and later on the myTouch. The better news is that the GPS's location capabilities are integrated with Google Maps and can be integrated with other (third-party) applications, making the GPS very usable. Still, the GPS has a few less-than-stellar aspects, which we cover in the "Other GPS Capabilities" section, later in this chapter.

Touring the G1's GPS Capabilities

Using Google Maps

Discovering Other GPS Capabilities

Touring the G1's GPS Capabilities

Using Google Maps

Discovering Other GPS Capabilities

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