Google Maps Navigation – Getting it to work anywhere on the Globe

Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice navigation. It is similar  to GPS navigation system like TomTom and Sygic except that Google Maps Navigation has got two useful features:

  • Live traffic updates – an indicator glows green, yellow or red based on the current traffic along your route. Use it to your advantage re-routing!
  • Street view – visualise turns with Street View imagery

The other features of the Google Maps Navigation can be found at here.

The downside is that Google Maps Navigation is not available worldwide (see here for the list of countries).

If you have rooted your device, good. You can use Google Maps Navigation anywhere in the world. You just have to replace the Google Maps in your current device with a modified copy.

 


Requirements

Before you proceed with the rest of the guide, do ensure that your phone is rooted. You need root in order to proceed with this guide. If you don’t have root for your mobile device, you can check out the friendly xda-developers.

You will also need to install Titanium Backup (from Play Store) onto your mobile device.

Once you have all these, you are good to go!

 

Required files

You will need to get a copy of the modified Google Maps. As it is an IP of Google, I can only point you to the keywords that you can use to search for the modified Google Maps.

 

Search String Google Maps ownhere apk
Search Engine www.google.com
Latest version 6.12 (as of 24th Oct 2012)

Once you manage to get the file, copy it to your device.

 

Backing up and deleting the current Maps application

  1. Navigate to Applications -> Titanium Backup
    Titanium Backup should launch
  2. On the top menu of Titanium Backup, click on the “Backup/Restore” button
    The screen should change to reflect a list of installed applications on your mobile device
  3. Click on the Maps application
    A selection menu should appear
  4. In the Maps selection menu, click on “Back Up”
    A prompt titled “Backing up” should appear. The prompt will automatically disappear when the application backup completes. The Maps selection menu should reflect the backup you have done in the previous step
  5. Ensure that the Maps backup is listed before proceeding to the next step
  6. In the Maps selection menu, click on “Wipe data”
    A message stating “Data wipe complete for …” should flash for a brief moment 
  7. In the Maps selection menu, click on “Un-install !”
    A prompt titled “Un-installing” should appear. The prompt will automatically disappear when the application is uninstalled. 

 

Backing up and deleting the current Street View application

  1. In the Titanium Backup Backup/Restore application listing, click on the Street View application
    A selection menu should appear
  2. In the Street View selection menu, click on “Back Up”
    A prompt titled “Backing up” should appear. The prompt will automatically disappear when the application backup completes. The Maps selection menu should reflect the backup you have done in the previous step
  3. Ensure that the Street View backup is listed before proceeding to the next step
  4. In the Street View selection menu, click on “Wipe data”
    A message stating “Data wipe complete for …” should flash for a brief moment 
  5. In the Street View selection menu, click on “Un-install !”
    A prompt titled “Un-installing” should appear. The prompt will automatically disappear when the application is uninstalled. 

 

Rebooting the mobile device

  1. Exit Titanium Backup
  2. Reboot the mobile device and wait for the reboot to complete before proceeding

 

Installing the signed ownhere modified Google Maps

  1. Using a file manager, install the (signed) ownhere modified Google Maps apk file
  2. Using Play Store, install Street View
  3. Reboot the device
  4. Congratulations! You now have Google Maps Navigation on your mobile device

 

Final words

Well, have fun with your new found Google Maps Navigation feature! Hope the guide has been useful. Do let me know if there need to be any correction.

 

Troubleshooting

  1. I encountered “sign in failed” message when running Google Maps
    In Google Maps Settings, select “Sign in”. A prompt stating that you don’t have permission should appear in your notification tray. Click on the notification and grant permission to the application. Repeat the Google Maps Sign in and permission granting steps three (3) times. After the 3rd permission granting, restart Google Maps and you should have no issues running Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation.
  2. I encountered “Application not installed” message when I tried to install signed ownhere modified Google Maps
    Follow the guide to uninstall both Google Maps and Street View. Don’t reboot, then through Google play, install a new copy of Maps. The installation should be successful. Don’t reboot. After installation, use Titanium Backup to uninstall the Maps again. After uninstalling the Maps through Titanium Backup, install the signed ownhere modified Google Maps. It should be successful this time round.

 

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  • Thanks for the guide. Gonna test it out today on my way to work!

  • Joshua

    v6.14.1 is out! Go and get it. The best way to install without problems is through flashing via CWM.

  • shadowandy

    Joshua,

    Thanks! Well, not all people have recovery installed.

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