Navit (standalone navigation for webOS) graduates to Preware (for 1.4.5 users) 58
We have written before about Navit, the open-source standalone mapping and navigation software (with voice prompts in multiple languages) that has been ported to webOS. Previously, it had only been installable via a manual multi-step process. With the release of webOS 1.4.5 (for some carriers, of course), the webOS Internals group working on Navit has enabled direct installation via Preware (although for those who updated to 1.4.5 via an over-the-air download, the known Fstab bug can interfere with Navit’s proper working. Happily, there’s a fix for that too.).
Even more intriguing, one of the additional system elements the webOS Internals team has created for Navit, Speech Dispatcher, may be usable by other apps (a Mojo service and application are promised “in the future”) for text-to-speech functionality.
The possibilities (better webOS accessibility for the visually impaired, text messages and documents read aloud) are very exciting. As always, we are grateful to Rod Whitby and the rest of the webOS Internals community for their stellar work expanding the usability and power of the platform.
Thanks to HaPe for the tip!