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A Convenient Keyboard For Google Maps Navigation

Application Name: QuickGo

Description: Full-screen keyboard for easy destination entry to Google Maps Navigation

Publisher’s website: Joe Marshall

Cost: Free

Version/date reviewed: v.0.2  /  4-20-11

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2

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If you use Google Maps’ car navigation app regularly, one problem you might have is with entering names/addresses using the keyboard, especially when the car is moving. The keys can be small, and you likely have to switch between the letters keyboard and numbers keyboard. QuickGo offers a full-screen keyboard, with numbers and letters, that simplifies the job of entering a destination; once entered, it automatically starts up Google Maps Navigation to the entered destination.

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The app works in both portrait and landscape, but the keys are pretty squeezed together in portrait mode; I’d recommend landscape mode for easier data entry.

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Type in your destination or address; haptic feedback when you press the keys. Letters are all caps, so they’re easy to read. Hit the Search button to enter your query …

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… and the Google Maps Navigation app will fire up, and either bring up the navigation screen directly, or let you choose from options if it’s not sure which destination you meant. (P.S. The Himalayan Grill rocks!).

Other issues: If you use the Car Home screen that some phones have as a default when in car navigation mode, the author recommends adding QuickGo as one of the custom button options, for easy access. App did force-close on me once, but it’s brand-new, so I assume those issues will get fixed. Would be nice if it could be made to work with other navigation apps as well.

Final thoughts: It definitely does make text entry easier for addresses. If the voice entry option for Google Maps Navigation doesn’t work well for you, this is a excellent alternative.




Reviews Of CoPilot Live Offline Car Navigation System

The Android And Me site has a comprehensive review of CoPilot Live, a turn-by-turn car navigation app with offline data. Their bottom line is that unless you absolutely need to have offline data for reception or data plan reasons, CoPilot Live doesn’t have that much more to offer than the free Navigation app from Google. Android Tapp has a more positive view of the app.

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