Hacked G1s Support Google Maps Navigation

google_maps_nav_007 We know you G1 owners are jealous of the Droid’s mapping system.  You can’t fool us.  It’s super awesome and you want it.  You just don’t want to switch carriers or drop a couple hundred bucks on a new phone.  What’s a guy (or gal) to do?  Well, you could start with rooting your phone.  Read on to find out why.

The XDA development guys are at it again.  Thanks to them, Google Maps Navigation is no longer exclusive to the Motorola DROID.  That’s right!  With a little bit of work, you too can boss your phone around and have it driving you to and from your destinations.  WARNING: It’s not for everyone.  This requires root level access of your phone and may potentially lock it up if you don’t play by the rules.  If you’re brave enough or know the reward outweighs the risk, you can head here to learn more.

Engadget Mobile hears it works great.  We haven’t done it here (yet) so we can’t say first-hand.  It won’t be long until this arrives in custom ROMS!

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  1. @TehDust
    November 12, 10:14 Reply

    I've been using google nav for the past 2 days on my G1 and can confirm it works great on the latest version of cyanogens rom! (4.2.4)

    • kevin
      November 13, 01:19 Reply

      mine did too…rebooted phone and its gone

  2. Reece
    November 12, 11:09 Reply

    ** does not work outside of the US **

  3. david
    November 12, 14:47 Reply

    I too have been using google nav for the past 2 days on my G1 and can confirm it works great on the latest version of cyanogens rom! (4.2.4)

  4. dweeb
    November 12, 15:14 Reply

    I did it yesterday and it works fine. Only issue is now the phone thinks its a Droid phone, so my Chompsms app disappeared.

    • @divestoclimb
      November 12, 18:20 Reply

      To get ChompSMS back, push the original build.prop and build.trout.prop back to the phone and reboot. This will let you reinstall it from the Market. Another way to do it is to manually reinstall the APK if you have a copy.

  5. Conor
    November 12, 15:20 Reply

    i wish i was smart enough to figure out how to root my phone so i can have this

  6. Jamie Martin
    November 12, 15:44 Reply

    It works just great :)

    And there is a ROM on XDA that has this, a customized Dwang ROM I believe it is.

  7. Mike
    November 12, 16:44 Reply

    If any body knows the real reason it desn't work outside US, is there any chance it will work in future?
    I know motorola is using it's own GPS nav app in Milestone, but I'm afraid it might not be as integrated and fully funcional as the stock Google Maps 2.0 version (live traffic updates), etc.
    Is Google Maps using user location to get traffic status updates from users like Waze? or will it use in future? this is what might add real value to the navigation.

  8. @robolague
    November 12, 17:59 Reply

    What's the word on using this on the myTouch?

    • @TehDust
      November 12, 18:58 Reply

      I've seen it working on the myTouch

  9. Samat J
    November 12, 20:35 Reply

    Lessons learned from the Cyanogen cease-and-desist fallout: that if your phone did not come with Google Maps Navigation already (or is not otherwise available to it), you don't have a license to you use it. It's not open-source software and not redistributable—you're pirating this software if you're using it without a license.

  10. JustAPhoneUser
    November 13, 20:10 Reply

    This works great! Not hard to get working either… Thanks to Cyanogen mod, et all Android is turning out to be a great thing, kicking the heck out of the iphone!

  11. AndroidGuru
    November 16, 18:08 Reply

    I tried on my G1 with official rom 1.6. It worked just fine.

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