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Old October 4th, 2009, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Google Maps in compass mode?

Apologies if this has already been answered, I couldn't find one.
Is it not possible to view Googlemaps in compass mode, I mean in map view, not streetview. Like on the IPhone?

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Run Google Maps and then press

Menu > Map Mode and you can select either Map, Satellite or Traffic mode.

Hope this helps,


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sorry, that wasnt what I asked. I wanted to know if it was possible to actrivate the compass in map view..
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I could be being stupid here, but on google maps, up is always north?
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He means something like this, Compass


Good question i would like to know this as well cause the Hero does have a digital compass.
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Goto "spare parts" scroll to bottom, check "show compass in maps".

If you have "spare parts" it will be with your apps.
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Spare parts has a bug - even though you tick show compass it forgets the setting.
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In the video the feature is shown at 44 sec mark, is that what Spare part is suppose to duplicate? OP didn't mean a compass being shown on the google maps. oh well i give up.
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Goto "spare parts" scroll to bottom, check "show compass in maps".
Doesnt work for me.
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It seems evident that the Android version of Maps doesn't support compass mode, making it even more inferior to the iPhone version (we already know it doesn't support multi-touch). Remind me, who is behind "maps" and Android? I thought they were one and the same
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Just found this official response on Google support forums - after may postings asking what had happened to Compass mode they said:

Compass:
Apologies as I may have misunderstood what you were speaking about. I believed you were referring to "Compass mode" within Street View, where the image rotates based on the phone's compass; this is still included in 3.1.x. I now understand that you were referring to an actual compass on the map. This only appeared if you had installed the separate Spare Parts app that created a compass on-screen. This was not part of the pre-installed native Maps app originally and was never an officially supported feature of the Google Maps app.


Spare Parts uses some protocols that are non-standard and unsupported; therefore, the features that Spare Parts created are not compatible with the new version of Maps in Android Market.


We've certainly heard you on the popularity of an on-screen compass and will take a look at this feature. Apologies again for the confusion. Please let me know if you're referring to something else without having installed the Spare Parts app.

So - there you have it
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Wait, you're saying that:
1) the Spare parts thing is supposed to superimpose a compass rose&needle onto the map
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2) Google Maps already orients the map according to compass reading
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I follow you on (1) so if it's experimental, that's okay if it doesn't work.

But regarding (2), I have never seen Google Maps point North anywhere but up. I'm on a semi-broken Galaxy so that may be the reason, but maybe I missed a setting somewhere?
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Wait, you're saying that:
1) the Spare parts thing is supposed to superimpose a compass rose&needle onto the map
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2) Google Maps already orients the map according to compass reading
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I follow you on (1) so if it's experimental, that's okay if it doesn't work.

But regarding (2), I have never seen Google Maps point North anywhere but up. I'm on a semi-broken Galaxy so that may be the reason, but maybe I missed a setting somewhere?
Answering the 2 questions
1. Spare parts did supermpose a compass on the previous version of maps but is incompatible with the latest version.

2. No it just points North/up - no integration with built in compass whatsoever (unless you go into street view)

We just have to hope it is implemented in the next version.
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wow

you keep putting up those really mean looking angry faces - are you really THAT mad??



just try to understand, android is a work in progress - and we're all "early adopters" in a sense
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you keep putting up those really mean looking angry faces - are you really THAT mad??



just try to understand, android is a work in progress - and we're all "early adopters" in a sense
Absolutely but the iPhone version has it so why can't a Google based device when they make the app?
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It is kind of bizarre. Android phones have had compasses in them since the G1 (i think... the magic definitely has one though), the iPhone only just got one with the 3GS, yet the iPhone version has the compass functionality in it and the android version doesnt. Bah!
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It is kind of bizarre. Android phones have had compasses in them since the G1 (i think... the magic definitely has one though), the iPhone only just got one with the 3GS, yet the iPhone version has the compass functionality in it and the android version doesnt. Bah!
I thought the big advantage that Android had over iPhone was that apps could address functionality at operating system level, so it really is strange that one of Google's own apps is not doing this. I would assume that maximum functionality would be with a Google app running on Android.
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Just found this official response on Google support forums - after may postings asking what had happened to Compass mode they said: ...skip ...

hey.. post (or PM me) the URL to that

i'll add my "me too" to that thread - let google know we want the compass over here in the android world
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Here ya go!?!



Cut this out, stick it to the screen of your Hero and everyone's a winner!!


Chegs.........turning sad faces into happy ones
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Cut this out, stick it to the screen of your Hero and everyone's a winner!!


Chegs.........turning sad faces into happy ones
Thanks - that will save embarrasment when an iPhone user gets a peek at our screen - until we get a proper one
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Its a shocker that a google phone wouldn't support a GOOGLEMAP feature! Rubbish!

I'm guessing its the current andriod phone hardware specs that are limited this feature?
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Ok.... I take it the answer is no then?
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Correct me if I'm wrong but the Hero DOES have compass mode.

1. Go to google maps
2. Long press a point on the map to bring up the address
3. Click on the address and select street view
4. Press menu and select compass view

Voila! (or am I missing something)

Impress your iphone buddies with this feature, I've shown a few ppl and their eyes nearly popped out of their sockets!!!

It SHOULD be easier to use this feature, but it's included!!
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Correct me if I'm wrong but the Hero DOES have compass mode.

1. Go to google maps
2. Long press a point on the map to bring up the address
3. Click on the address and select street view
4. Press menu and select compass view

Voila! (or am I missing something)

Impress your iphone buddies with this feature, I've shown a few ppl and their eyes nearly popped out of their sockets!!!

It SHOULD be easier to use this feature, but it's included!!
As posted earlier in the thread this is not what is being discussed - please look at the video posted at the beginning.
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Ok.... I take it the answer is no then?
It certainly seems that way unless google decide to add the feature in a later version of google maps.

Very very odd.
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I was going to make my own thread about this issue but saw this one here? Is there still no way to get a compass on googlemaps? I find it very strange that the iphone has it but android,googles os, does not.
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I think it is an experimental feature in the latest version of maps - however this only comes with later versions of Android - until HTC comes up with the elusive 2.1 update, the wait for compass mode continues
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See thats the thing. It's a feature that was removed. The g1 was able to do it and for some reason they removed it when they upgraded to the new versions of google maps.
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I found this thread from doing a Google search and I guess I'm glad its not my Hero that is broken.. just the platform its on =/

BTW is there a mobile view for this forum?
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As slight consolation, I've found an app in the market called RMaps - this actually supports compass mode and also has the ability to save maps to SD. The downside is that there is no navigation though
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I found out Google's own My Tracks app has the compass in map view.. what a way to add insult to injury :X
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Anyone know if this is available on the 2.1 android version?
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Bottom left, change "Phandroid Skin" to "AF Mobile".
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On my Nexus One with Android 2.1, the feature is available in Menu > More > Labs > Compass Arrow.
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3. Click on the address and select street view
Has anyone in the UK actually managed to get this to work? Whenever I try to do it all I get is "Street View Unavailable here"

I'm not talking about 'Off the beaten track' places either. I've never got it to work in London. I've never yet seen this 'feature' on my phone.
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Has anyone in the UK actually managed to get this to work? Whenever I try to do it all I get is "Street View Unavailable here"

I'm not talking about 'Off the beaten track' places either. I've never got it to work in London. I've never yet seen this 'feature' on my phone.
Mine works fine, sitting at my desk here in London & I can get it into streetview in either mode.
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Streetview coverage is still pretty sparse in the UK outside of major cities, there are even parts of greater london that arent covered yet.

But it definitely works on the hero. If youre in the same spot as the streetview car was (that'll be... um... in the road) its pretty cool to have it match up with reality. Pretty cool, but ultimately pretty useless.

Edit: helpful hint, if you want to see if your area is covered, go to gogle maps on a PC, and drag the little streetview guy (located on top of the zoom bar) onto the map - the areas covered by streetview get shaded in blue.
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On my Nexus One with Android 2.1, the feature is available in Menu > More > Labs > Compass Arrow.
Yes, but we know this - however as this is Hero-specific (hence the post being in the Hero forum), we can't use the latest version of maps with Android 1.5
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Yes, but we know this - however as this is Hero-specific (hence the post being in the Hero forum), we can't use the latest version of maps with Android 1.5
I've got a Hero with 2.1, so it is kind of relevant, but all you get with 2.1 is an arrow showing you which way you are facing, you do not get the rotating map from the video.
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I've got a Hero with 2.1, so it is kind of relevant, but all you get with 2.1 is an arrow showing you which way you are facing, you do not get the rotating map from the video.
Fair point - however I think that all but the most adventurous of us are still on 1.5 for the time being. I'm surprised and diappointed if all you still get is an arrow - that wasn't my understanding when the new maps was announced. Why do Google shoot themselves in the foot by continuing to make the iPhone app superior to the Android version?
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The arrow thing is still in "Labs" so there is nothing final about it. Just a beta... hope they will do the map rotation as well in future version.
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The arrow thing is still in "Labs" so there is nothing final about it. Just a beta... hope they will do the map rotation as well in future version.
I cant understand why we are still hoping and waiting for something the iphone has had from virtually day one - as well as multi-touch zooming - but that's a whole other story!
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No multi-touch zooming on 2.1 with the HTC Hero? Is the Hero multi touch capable? I mean hardware-wise.
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My 1.5 hero has multi touch. Think the US (sprint) ones had it disabled due to an agreement between apple & google.
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Streetview coverage is still pretty sparse in the UK outside of major cities, there are even parts of greater london that arent covered yet.

But it definitely works on the hero. If youre in the same spot as the streetview car was (that'll be... um... in the road) its pretty cool to have it match up with reality. Pretty cool, but ultimately pretty useless.

Edit: helpful hint, if you want to see if your area is covered, go to gogle maps on a PC, and drag the little streetview guy (located on top of the zoom bar) onto the map - the areas covered by streetview get shaded in blue.
All about to change: Google Street View Full UK Coverage unveiled tomorrow
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Has anyone in the UK actually managed to get this to work? Whenever I try to do it all I get is "Street View Unavailable here"

I'm not talking about 'Off the beaten track' places either. I've never got it to work in London. I've never yet seen this 'feature' on my phone.
It works fine for me here in West Yorkshire. Only Bradford and Leeds are covered near my home.

Seeing street view in compass mode on the Hero is truly amazing. I didn't know it could do that until reading this thread just now. Awesome!
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Haha, yeah. Just came back to post exactly that. I post about lack of streetview coverage and then the very next day...

Maybe google employees actually read the android forums
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Blimey, what a coincidence. I've now got streetview on all the places I didn't have before

Maybe they do read the forums. Ok. We're on a roll now, let's push our luck:

Anyone know if Android 2.1 will be here by the end of the week?
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Anyone know if Android 2.1 will be here by the end of the week?
LOL! 10 out of 10 for effort Anthony!
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I have to say that it's a pretty cool feature to have. But I don't see any real world advantages to this feature for the common user. If you're trying to go somewhere you'll just use the phone's navigation feature and it will point you to the right direction.
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