T-Mobile G1 with Google Navigation


g1navigateAs the first Android 2.0 device, the Motorola Droid was ALSO the first device with Google’s new full featured, turn-by-turn navigation solution called Google Navigation. Since all Android 2.0 will come with this brand new Google Navigation capability, it would have been a safe bet to assume the second device launching with Android 2.0 would be the second device to get Google Navigation, right? Wrong.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first ever Android Phone, running with Google Navigation.

This is one of the benefits of “rooting” your phone – installing solutions, apps, integrations and customizations that would otherwise be unavailable. This particular solution came from an XDA member named followinginsanity on page 8 of a thread about – duh – Navigation on your G1. Apparently they’ve got it working pretty flawlessly using a rooted work-around that includes replacing the maps.apk Google provides by default.

If you’re comfortable rooting your phone and doing all that jazz, good luck and enjoy… but I don’t endorse doing this as, if you screw up, I take zero responsibility for your phone breaking or the universe collapsing into itself and imploding the infrastructure of atomic energy while simultaneously destroying the space time continuum. So yeah. Up to you.

[Thanks Tom]

Rob Jackson
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  1. Wooooo Hoooooooo!

  2. It won’t break your phone Rob don’t worry. Te worst it can do is not give you navigation

  3. Nice. My G1 doesn’t have service anymore. I keep it around for testing 1.6 apps.

    On a related note, I did install Sprint Navigation on it. No rooting needed. ;)

  4. Did anyone tried to use this in Europe? What happens when you lunch Google Navigation if you are located in Europe?

  5. google does not own any maps of europe. so they can not use their rented maps of europe for google nav. give it time. it’ll come

  6. Thinking seriously about rooting my g1. I have to know first will google nav be available in the next g1 update?

  7. It’s a pitty that Rogers still has no Donut build :( I can’t use CGMod, which is a prereq for Google Navigation, on a Rogers HTC Dream >:-[

  8. It’s now a real app that was rolled to the G1’s today. It is supported (as a beta).

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