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Mobile POI Site Launched for Smart Phones


Article by: maft
Date: 26 Apr 2012

pocketgpsworld.com
As a cunning part of our April Fool's Day joke Darren alluded to "some big news regarding our Points of Interest database" in a recent newsletter. Obviously our trick was that we had sold it to TomTom, but today we're happy to announce the real news!

Our Mobile POIs site is now live! Over 210,000 locations across the world available at your fingertips.

Simply point your smart phone (iPhone, Android, WP7, Nokia, Blackberry) browser to http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/mobilepoi and it will detect your location using GPS on most modern phones.

If you don't have a GPS-enabled smart phone then you can also manually enter your location. Once located you can then either view all your local points of interest, or drill it down to a specific category and/or sub-category. Once you've found the POI you want you can then navigate to it using TomTom, Navigon, Sygic, Waze, Navmii, NavFree as well as viewing in Google or Bing Maps (all these are device dependent and may also require you to have the app installed on your phone!).

If you are logged in to your PocketGPSWorld.com account you can mark categories and subcategories as favourites so that these show up at the top of the lists.

As well as finding your local POIs you can also submit new ones easily (although removal requests and editing existing POI will be added at a later date).

So then, head on over to http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/mobilepoi, bookmark it and/or save it to your homescreen and go see what's around you!

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Posted by kevinx on Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:47 pm Reply with quote

EXCELLENT work boys.

As normal, very impressed with your work. All it needs now, is a dowbloadable icon to pin to my home screen.

Will you be integrating with more sat nav apps? Co Pilot for instance?

Cheers


HTC OneX (IceCreamSandwich), HTC DesireHD (Gingerbread) Co-Pilot Premium, GoogleMaps+CamerAlert352
TomTomOne (Original with the faster processor!)
v7.903, o/s 2344, GPSv1.21 Boot 5.0500
Mv710.1561(W Europe)+Traffic, N82 connection to GPRS traffic
+

 
Posted by MaFt on Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:14 pm Reply with quote

kevinx Wrote:
EXCELLENT work boys.

Thank you Smile

kevinx Wrote:
As normal, very impressed with your work. All it needs now, is a dowbloadable icon to pin to my home screen.

Already there fella! What device do you have?
iPhone/iPad: press the 'arrow' button then 'add to home screen'
Android: Menu (phone hardware button), save as bokmark. Then on homescreen press and hold, add new shortcut, select bookmarks, select the one you saved
WP7: in browser select 'Pin to Homescreen' (sadly no way to get an icon though - but my brother has an app that allows custom text for home screen pins).

kevinx Wrote:
Will you be integrating with more sat nav apps? Co Pilot for instance?

If they work with custom URL schemes then yes. Does it have a 'share' function that allows you to email people your location or destination ad, when they receive it, it launches the app? If so then I just need to know the address it sends - something like copilot://some_details_here

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by kevinx on Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:33 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
kevinx Wrote:
EXCELLENT work boys.

Thank you Smile

kevinx Wrote:
As normal, very impressed with your work. All it needs now, is a dowbloadable icon to pin to my home screen.

Already there fella! What device do you have?
iPhone/iPad: press the 'arrow' button then 'add to home screen'
Android: Menu (phone hardware button), save as bokmark. Then on homescreen press and hold, add new shortcut, select bookmarks, select the one you saved
WP7: in browser select 'Pin to Homescreen' (sadly no way to get an icon though - but my brother has an app that allows custom text for home screen pins).

kevinx Wrote:
Will you be integrating with more sat nav apps? Co Pilot for instance?

If they work with custom URL schemes then yes. Does it have a 'share' function that allows you to email people your location or destination ad, when they receive it, it launches the app? If so then I just need to know the address it sends - something like copilot://some_details_here

MaFt


L-) :-) VERY impressed (again)! Nice one, with the bookmark/icon ;-)

Just checked on Co-Pilot Premium, and the ONLY share options it has, is to Share with Facebook and/or Twitter, so it seems it maybe isn't possible to integrate as with GoogleMaps.

That's not really a "biggy", but would have been nice.

Anyway, once again, well done lads :-) Keep up the good work.

Cheers

(By the way HTC OneX)


HTC OneX (IceCreamSandwich), HTC DesireHD (Gingerbread) Co-Pilot Premium, GoogleMaps+CamerAlert352
TomTomOne (Original with the faster processor!)
v7.903, o/s 2344, GPSv1.21 Boot 5.0500
Mv710.1561(W Europe)+Traffic, N82 connection to GPRS traffic
+

 
Posted by AliOnHols on Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:42 pm Reply with quote

Thanks Guys, absolutely brilliant. Very Happy


Garmin Nuvi 2599
Android with CamerAlert, OsmAnd+, Waze & TT Europe.
TomTom GO 730, GO 930, GO 940 & Rider2.
SatMap Active 10.

 
Posted by 253 on Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:12 pm Reply with quote

Just tried it, shortcut on a Home Screen and it "just works"
HTC Sensation, ICS.

Great work folks, you guys just get better and better!! Very Happy


Triumph Tbird 1700. And now a Bonnie T100 as well.

 
Posted by PedroStephano on Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:41 am Reply with quote

Enjoying looking around my hometown...........to see what I've got to add :-) fun fun fun an excellent webapp.
It's got Favourites too! Mega-useful.


iOS rokcs (but my typing - well....)
@PedroStephano

 
Posted by 66Mustang on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:11 am Reply with quote

Excellent!

You have shown the big boys a thing or two here. For as long as I've had a GPS enabled smartphone I've wondered why when I search for the nearest petrol, Tesco or whatever I then have to exit and remember the postcode and manually enter it into my sat nav app.

I guess better integration is coming with the native Google maps app, as I can't seem to get the web based Google maps to realise it can give me turn by turn directions.

Improvements (sorry), augmented reality or at least an arrow pointing in the direction of the selected POI, and a better indication of selection on screen, as it's not clear until you see the loading bar across the top. (Android 2.2)

Love it, keep up the good work!


 
Posted by AliOnHols on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:13 am Reply with quote

Wow! From what I can see, there is not a single POI in Madrid!! Shocked

Not the Royal Palaces, Not the Bernabeu Stadium, Not even the Airport.

Does everybody just head for the Costas and not bother with culture?


Garmin Nuvi 2599
Android with CamerAlert, OsmAnd+, Waze & TT Europe.
TomTom GO 730, GO 930, GO 940 & Rider2.
SatMap Active 10.

 
Posted by pamdo on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:15 am Reply with quote

excellent location detection but on asking for ATMs near my house, it showed my nearest ones as being in Nice and Bordeaux which are over 400 kms away! In fact the nearest ones are 8-10 kms from my house!
OK I'm in rural France, but still... Exclamation


 
Posted by Oldboy on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:20 am Reply with quote

AliOnHols Wrote:
Wow! From what I can see, there is not a single POI in Madrid!! Shocked


pamdo Wrote:
In fact the nearest ones are 8-10 kms from my house!

Human nature I'm afraid. Rolling Eyes Someone else will do it. Wink


Richard

TT 910 V7.903 (9183/081205) OS:2344
Europe version 975.7689

 
Posted by AliOnHols on Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:33 am Reply with quote

Oldboy Wrote:
Human nature I'm afraid. Rolling Eyes Someone else will do it. Wink
Very true Oldboy. Sad really.


Garmin Nuvi 2599
Android with CamerAlert, OsmAnd+, Waze & TT Europe.
TomTom GO 730, GO 930, GO 940 & Rider2.
SatMap Active 10.

 
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