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MAPPING: Google released Google Maps for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 02.02.07 - 11:07:35 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 19636x
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No 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

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Posted by doncal on 02.02.07 - 16:17:19

Is anyone able to install this application to their storage card? When prompted I select install to storage card, but it still installs into main memory!  I don't even see an option to locate the map cache to the storage card, so that's even a bigger problem.

Posted by Arne Hess on 02.02.07 - 20:54:12

Good point. On my Pocket PC I installed it on the main memory. On the Smartphone I've selected the memory card but as it turns out, it's indeed installed on the main memory.
Haven't seen a solutions yet. Neither for the installation nor for the cache but I didn't dived into the Registry yet.

Posted by Krille II on 04.02.07 - 02:03:02

Cool! - But did someone got GPS working on an WM 5.0 Smartphone (QTEK8310)? Google Maps seems to expect GPS management like on an WM 5.0 PocketPC. (Where it works fine, besides.) Hints anyone?

Posted by Arne Hess on 05.02.07 - 16:20:57

No, also haven't had any success getting GPS working via Bluetooth with a Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Definitely looks like it requires the GPS Manager which is available for Pocket PC only, if enabled by the OEM/ODM.

Well, just dropped Google an E-Mail, maybe someone reads it/we are getting a feedback

Posted by Krille II on 06.02.07 - 21:59:56

Google Maps did not ask for a COM Port to find GPS on the Pocket PC, nor is there an option to set it. So it seems the inbuilt Pocket PC GPS Manager tells the applications the COM Port to look for GPS. This supposably is done by a registry key.

If, as the FAQ lets presume, the application is the same for Pocket PC and Smartphone, this same registry key set appropriate on the smartphone may direct Google Maps to the hardware COM Port of a GPS reciever. This one looks auspicious:

\\HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\GPS Intermediate Driver\Multiplexer\ActiveDevice
Index = 3
Prefix = COM

I'll give it a try...

Posted by Krille II on 06.02.07 - 22:15:50

It ate my backslashes ;-(

Posted by Krille II on 06.02.07 - 23:22:39

Did not get it working. While surprisingly the GPS Intermediate Driver (at least its DLLs and basic registry keys) seems to be there, copying the missing registry keys and changing their COM Ports does not make Google Maps connect to the GPS reciever on a Smartphone.

The most promising key for sending it to the hardware port directly seemed to be:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/GPS Intermediate Driver/Multiplexer]

Maybe someone else will be lucky. Maybe even the GPS Control Panel is hidden somewhere in there.

Posted by Krille II on 07.02.07 - 00:20:09

Ha! It works! Smartphones do have an hidden GPS Intermediate driver!
(Had to remove one silly blank at one of my registry keys.)
Here we go. Just add the following registry keys to have GPS with Google Maps on your Smartphone:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/GPS Intermediate Driver/Drivers]
"CurrentDriver"="Manually Configured Device"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/GPS Intermediate Driver/Drivers/Manually Configured Device]
"CommPort"="COM6:"  << Name of the COM port the physical GPS hardware is connected to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/GPS Intermediate Driver/Multiplexer]
"DriverInterface"="COM7:" << Name of any free COM port applications will connect to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/GPS Intermediate Driver/Multiplexer/ActiveDevice]
"Index"=dword:00000003 << Number of the free COM port used above

For more details see

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.02.07 - 00:25:25

You ate your backslashes? Sounds like a toasted Smartphone!? ;( Don't hope so... sad
Well, AFAIK the Smartphone doesn't have the GPS Manager, never heard of it and also I have never seen it in any Microsoft references. Tried it half the morning as well, with all kind of outgoing and incoming COM ports, no luck...
The solution could be easy - Google just have to add an option to select a COM port, wouldn't be too hard for them to add it.
Especially because you are facing the same problems with Pocket PCs where the GPS Manager isn't enabled and keep in mind, it's not enabled on every Pocket PC, it's up to the ODM... sad

Well, let us give Google two more days to read my E-Mail. wink Unfortunately, there is no way to leave a comment in the Google blog sad

Anyway - anyone else found a workaround? The first with a working solution get a free Forum account from me. wink

Posted by Krille II on 07.02.07 - 00:57:46

First! ;-)

Posted by ch475 on 20.02.07 - 10:19:59

To connect BT GPS devices to GMM on a smartphone please see also: … b2d5cf4d6d

Posted by Arne Hess on 20.02.07 - 10:56:41

Wow, good finding! Thanks a lot.

*Now off for tweaking my Smartphone again*

Posted by daddyhutch on 24.02.07 - 00:17:51

I get an "Error setting Value" dialog box that says "Access is Denied" When trying to create keys or set values.  I have a samsung i730 running WM5 with service through Verizon. I'm using a registry editor called "Mobile Registry Editor"  Any Ideas?

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