Apple Maps bites right now, so it makes sense that other iOS mapping providers are pushing out updates. I'm not sure the addition of celebrity voices (in the form of Dame Edna Everage, Jennifer Hawkins and Nick Giannopolous) is going to convince too many people to download the latest version of the Whereis app, but even if you don't fancy a 'Wog Boy' moment in the car, it's a solid (and free) turn-by-turn navigation app.
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We already know that the beta version of iOS 6 maps is missing lots of Australian data, but if Apple's own site is any guide, Australians won't be getting any turn-by-turn directions on the updated platform either either. There's no mention of the feature on Apple's Australian site, though some developers say the basic options can be seen in the beta. Hit Gizmodo for the full story.
Android: Turn-by-turn navigation Waze updated today to include an entirely new UI that minimises buttons and tools, so that they're all accessible under one spring-out on-screen menu. Maps are now easier to navigate, so you can easily spin around and navigate with one hand, and there is also new location-based information from services like Yelp and FourSquare.
I just moved to a new city, and while Android's navigation function has been invaluable to getting me where I need to go, I've realised that I still don't know anything about how the city is laid out, nor can I take a simple drive to my friend's house, which I've been to many times, without my GPS directing me. If your sense of direction is similarly lacking and you want a more intuitive understanding of your city, here are a few things you can do to rid yourself of that GPS dependency and actually learn your way around.
GPS devices revolutionised the way we get around, but these days stand-alone GPS systems face competition from smart phones running GPS apps, navigation systems built into cars, and even smart phones simply being used to refer to Google Maps occasionally. What's your preferred strategy for making sure you don't got lost?
If you or someone you know would like to make Android's walking navigation more friendly to those without the requirement of a screen, Google released two apps last week that make it so.