question, doesn't matter if I plan vacation, a business trip or being just
foreign in a new city, I've always used Google Maps on my Notebook get get a
better overview where I'm or where to go. And all this worked great, as long as
I had my Notebook with me (at home, in hotel rooms etc.) but if we are on the
go, using a Notebook isn't handy, especially if we have Windows Mobile devices
with us. Now, Google finally released Google Maps for Windows Mobile - as a
dedicated application for both - Pocket PC and Smartphone! So far it was
available in a J2ME version only which worked on Windows Mobile devices but for
sure, the user experience wasn't too good if you run a sandboxed application.
With Google Maps for Windows Mobile you get:
- Contacts integration - Just select a contact and get the location shown
with options to plan a route to.
- GPS functionality - Helps you find yourself right on the map.
- Real-time traffic - See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in
over 30 major US metropolitan areas.
- Detailed directions - Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is
displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions.
- Integrated search results - Local business locations and contact
information appear all in one place, integrated on your map.
- Easily movable maps - Interactive maps let you zoom in or out, and move
in all directions so you can orient yourself visually.
- Satellite imagery - Get a bird's eye view of your desired location.
Available in English only, Google Maps for Windows Mobile supports all
Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003 and Smartphones 2003 or higher. And, you better
have a GPRS or UMTS flat rate or some inclusive volume left since every move on
the map, every calculation, etc. downloads data from the Google MAP server.
Cheers ~ Arne