The latest Google Maps app has the navigation function in-built. The navigation "app" was always integrated into Maps. The blue icon was just a separate entry point into that maps.
If you select a destination, look at the bottom of the screen where it says navigate and you will recognize what comes up next.
It turns out that the solution to this is rather easy, but scarcely documented.
To switch between forward-is-up and north-is-up, simply tap the red/white compass needle in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
On the updated maps, where the red/white compass icon is no longer there, goto settings and turn off "North is always up'
It sounds like you might be getting the "ding" noise discussed on this Google groups post:
Thanks for the question. The alert chime you here indicates is a
prompt for an upcoming driving maneuver. It plays in places where the
Text-to-Speech engine is either unsupported or unavailable, but it
also may play if the data connection becomes flaky during ...
On Google Maps, create your trip including all waypoints.
Save that map to "My Maps" within Google Maps.
On the Android device, go to Maps, layers, more layers and then choose "My Maps"
Select the map you want, it will come into maps on your Android device with each waypoint available.
You can choose each waypoint individually and you will get the blue arrow ...
Unfortunately, yes. For now, that is how Google has created the Maps application; you cannot use Maps (or Navigation) without internet access.
There are other apps that exist, though, that allow you to download maps for use offline. Sygic and Navfree, for example, both allow you to store maps on your device and then only require a GPS fix to give you turn-...
This is not possible at the moment (but maybe in the near future).
Google maps data is stored as raster image tiles without any meta information (street vectors, streetnames, interceptions and so on) besides the geolocation per tile.
This means routes cannot even be calculated offline even if someone wants to.
Maps is deliberatly an online service, ...
As far as I know and based on my testings with the same concern, I came to the conclusion that it doesn't update the route based on traffic or any other reasons.
I even took an alternative route that I knew it was faster in rush hour conditions and the navigator was still trying to reroute me back to its original route, considering that faster due to speed ...
Since the OP's question was dated back in mid-summer of 2012, things have changed a bit with Maps and has been updated since.
In agreement with other answerer's who have pointed out you can download the maps for offline usage, no calculation is needed, if using Maps, what I found actually surprised me, the GPS navigation still works even if off-line and not ...
Google doesn't do this automatically, but you can ask it to do it.
In traffic view, there is a button in the lower right hand corner (looks like 2 diverging arrows (one dashed) both leading to a destination pin).
In turn by turn view, press Menu then Routes and Alternatives, and the same alternate routes button will show up second from the right.
If you are referring to the Google Maps Android application (aka maps), the star option is available from within the location details:
Open the "maps" app;
Search or navigate to the desired location;
Tap over the balloon with the location name;
After the location options page opens, you'll find on the top/right corner a star;
Tap the star and that location ...
Okay, I did a brief test the other day... only drove about 80 miles, ... obviously longer drives would give better averaging samples.
But from my short drive, it seems that Maps navigation uses roughly 1 MB for every 10 miles.
It's to do with the transport mode you're using when you tell maps to ask for directions. Pick a point on the map. Press and hold till the bubble comes up. tap on the bubble, choose directions, now the directions panel comes up with from and to lines and under that will be the choice driving, public transport or walking. choose driving then press ...
The solution I use for similar situation is Trekbuddy. I am sure you will discard the idea of using this app if you didn't understand it well. Hence, read through its description in its Play site and their forums. It requires little homework before any such serious use. But once you know your way (pun intended ) through the application, it will be a breeze....
It most likely will work, depending on a few facts:
your device must have GPS built-in
you must have the map data downloaded while connected to WiFi (e.g. using Maps (-) Offline Navigation, which fills Google Map's cache)
for navigation, you must have calculated the route in advance
I'm not sure whether Google Maps supports pre-calculation for navigation --...
First of all make sure you have turned your GPS (if available) and data connection turned on. This helps the device to get your precise location easily.
When using the app, make sure that you don't touch your devices screen by mistake. This often happens even without you knowing it and causes the map to tilt, losing the automatic center alignment of your ...
You could also give Locus Map Free a try. This app can import GPX fine as well, and you can use the track as "route" to be navigated on. From the app's description:
Voice navigation & guiding
full support for Online voice navigation
voice & notification guiding on single waypoint (by compass or on the map) and along path
Aside from rooting (temporarily or permanently), you can't disable the system apps prior to Android 4. Your particular case may have a ray of hope, though.
Alternate app responding to Intent
If the navigation app is responding to an Intent, you could try to find a different app that responds to the same Intent. You'd get a pop-up to choose which app to ...
It's probably your charger.
I tested my Nexus S with the following:
dumb charger (only had +/- lines connected), capable of 2Amps (2.000mA)
Inlined voltage meter to measure currents
Brightness maxed, set CPU to 1.2GHz, performance governor, benchmark running
The device adhered to the USB standard and never draw more than 500mA (0.5A), although the charger ...
Hard to say without knowing which device and firmware version we're talking about, so what follows is my speculation.
I have a Garmin Nuvi which continues navigating in a tunnel, turns and all, despite losing its satellite reception. Mine doesn't switch to night mode, but it clearly knows it is in a tunnel from the map data. Since loss of reception is a ...
Cuesheet paired with http://ridewithgps.com works well. On the website, you can easily plan/modify a travelling route that will then be imported in CueSheet.
The route can be very complicated with many twists and turns. English turn by turn instructions are created at the same time. Also, you can insert your own instructions in the list if you want. After ...
You just need to access "My Location" in Maps.
Click the "location" button in the bottom right corner to have the map scroll to your location. (Obviously you need to have Location Services turned on.) The button will turn blue and there will be a glowing blue dot at your location.
Tap the button again and the view will change to "compass mode", a partial-...
The best answer would be for GOOGLE TO PLEASE FIX IT so we can have an option to turn street name speaking on or off regardless of the chosen system language and the chosen Google Maps spoken language (they should be functionally separate).
However, this is the only current work-around I have been able to discover:
the solution is simply to change your ...