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Access Google Maps on your webOS device [webOS 3.x] 6

by Adam Marks Sun, 23 Oct 2011 8:16 pm EDT

This tip is only for devices running webOS 3.0 and higher

Although Bing Maps has replaced Google Maps as the standard mapping app in webOS, you can still access the http://maps.google.com website to satisfy any Google Maps needs you may have. Upon launching the site for the first time, you will get a prompt to allow the site access to the location services on your device (you can decide to allow it just once or always allow it, or decline altogether). While the Wi-Fi TouchPad does not have GPS, it can approximate your location pretty well using Google Location Services that uses the Wi-Fi networks in range of your device.

The version of Google Maps that will load up is the mobile version of the site, not the full desktop version. While there are a lot of features available to you, from driving/transit/walking/biking direction, layers, tap-to-identify location and more, it's not a perfect solution. There are many things that make using the site difficult to use, including the lack of pinch-to-zoom and the inability to pan around the map, but it's still a resource available to you if necessary. You can also access the full Desktop if you want by tapping the icon to load up the driving directions screen and then choosing the "Classic" option. You will still be limited with how you can interact with the map (zoom, pan, etc) and it won't find your location automatically, but there are some additional features available to you.

 

 

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I used this daily on my touchpad during an 8 day bike ride to NYC. It worked really well.

This is my biggest complain about the TouchPad.

I was hopeful the 3rd party browser would fix this issue, but so far no go.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ui=maps takes you direct to the full version of Google maps. There you can get street view working by zooming all the way in (using the control at the top left - then zoom in once more, and 'Lehman' is activated. Once into street view, you can use normal dragging and tapping actions just like on a PC.

Of course, automatic location works just fine with the full desktop version: Just turn it on by tapping the toggle switch right below the virtual D-Pad on the top left.

BTW: that works on most Desktop browsers, as well...

funny ...my veer has google maps on it out of the box... what gives ...my pre doesn't!!

You havn't tried updating your apps then - HP update for Maps, replaces Google Maps!