Google Maps with GPS on the Nokia N900
Open Source means that you never have to wait for any company to release software in a rigid fashion. We are talking about the Nokia N900 and the Maemo platform.
There is no Google Maps for Maemo so far and we are doubtful if Google will even make one as they are concentrating on Android. So here is a Browser based Google maps application for Maemo which has come from the Maemo Community. Its got almost everything even Google Latitude
Its basically the mobile version of Google Maps on Steroids.
Its got Directions, Layers , Latitude , MyLocation using GPS , Search and even traffic information
Do you notice the little red and yellow areas in the map below apart from the abundance of green ?
The steps which will get you Google Maps on the N900 with GPS
Grab maemo-geolocation v1.1.3-1 by Oleg Romashin which is a MicroB GeoLocation provider extension means your phone will get your GPS location within the browser using the phone’s GPS receiver
Visit http://www.google.com/maps/m on your N900 to use an Almost perfect google maps on your N900
Yodude from HoFo took this to the next level by adding Zoom Controls using some html
Grab this code which contains a pair of html files and you will see the + – zoom controls on the right
This is not a perfect solution as there are some limitations. The maps are fixed and don’t expand to other areas if you drag on the screen like on other platforms.
This is a limitation of the mobile version of Google Maps . Hope that someone finds a workaround to get the desktop version of Google Maps to work fine this extension as its not working fine now.
A Native app would be cool but for now something is better than nothing.