re GPS apps for mobile both platforms android and i OS


g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

Since near by explorer on line has been removed from both app stores.i wonder what are the alternatives or what are people using for gps on mobile. I still will use near by explorer on my devices till then. But I wonder the alternatives on both platforms on mobile Android and I OS. 


David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>
 

Nearby Explorer has been replaced by Goodmaps, which is also free. Lazarillo is also free and Blindsquare is also good, costing $39.95.
David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

WWW.DavidGoldfield.org
On 10/7/2020 5:33 PM, g melconian wrote:

Since near by explorer on line has been removed from both app stores.i wonder what are the alternatives or what are people using for gps on mobile. I still will use near by explorer on my devices till then. But I wonder the alternatives on both platforms on mobile Android and I OS. 



g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

Ok, will see how that does.i will most likely  be looking at an I phone as I currently have an  Android device.most of all the gps  apps, lately are going in the  I oS direction before they come to  the android direction.is it better  to  have both platform if one can afford it. 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:07 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] re GPS apps for mobile both platforms android and i OS

 

Nearby Explorer has been replaced by Goodmaps, which is also free. Lazarillo is also free and Blindsquare is also good, costing $39.95.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
 
WWW.DavidGoldfield.org

On 10/7/2020 5:33 PM, g melconian wrote:

Since near by explorer on line has been removed from both app stores.i wonder what are the alternatives or what are people using for gps on mobile. I still will use near by explorer on my devices till then. But I wonder the alternatives on both platforms on mobile Android and I OS. 

 


Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

General Gary, welcome aboard this train.

On GPS apps, I've been taking GetThere for a ride. I like the fact that it
reads out street names as I pass by them, tells when I am either close to,
or at a particular corner, and shares general info with me as to what is to
my left or right as I walk down the street.

That said, there are few things I don't quite like about the app:

1. I was unable to get the app to find a McDonald's that's about 600 feet
from my store. When tapped on GET DIRECTIONS and chose to type in a name,
it simply spitted out that the place I was trying to get to could not be
found. I also typed in the address and got the same result. Hmm, that sort
of shocked me, but I'm not a programmer.
2. I wish it were possible to simply download a map of the United States!
No, I could not do that. I had to download a map for each state; I grabbed
the one for my coveted state, typed in an address without including city
name or ZIP code. What happened next was a shocker! It pulled up the
address in Baltimore, Maryland. Wait a minute! I didn't download a state
of Maryland map. So, how was the addressed I typed in found in Baltimore
and I'm right here in my bush?
3. Perhaps I don't quite understand how the app's Alarm works; I had set it
to alert me when I arrive at the address I am tracking. Nope, the alarm DID
NOT EMIT ANY SOUND, and, worst still, the app didn't indicate to me that I
had arrived. It just kept on tracking until I exited the app.
4. The app HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED in a long, long time. This gives me the
impression that the DAYS OF THE APP may be numbered. That will be sad
'cause GetThere does have an interesting potential.

I should go try to find the app's manual and read it; may be this will help
me fine-tune a few tweaks and the app's response may be different. I
certainly do like it better over Lazarillo GPS!


Another app I just grabbed to play with is Seeing Assistant Move. There are
so many settings in this app and I don't understand most of them. For
example, I don't know what will happen if I don't turn Monitor on. Will it
get me to my destination? With Monitor turned on, the app blabs at me every
five or ten seconds and I found that somewhat distracting. I probably need
the manual for this app, or, better still, ask my question on anatad and
hopefully I'll be able to give it a good spin.

I do not know if these apps are available in iOS country playground, but I'm
an Androidian!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

Thanks, I still prefer near by and that is why I have not pulled it off my
system. Its backed up in my drive folder. If you would like to play with
that one .

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of
Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 8:06 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] re GPS apps for mobile both platforms android and i
OS

General Gary, welcome aboard this train.

On GPS apps, I've been taking GetThere for a ride. I like the fact that it
reads out street names as I pass by them, tells when I am either close to,
or at a particular corner, and shares general info with me as to what is to
my left or right as I walk down the street.

That said, there are few things I don't quite like about the app:

1. I was unable to get the app to find a McDonald's that's about 600 feet
from my store. When tapped on GET DIRECTIONS and chose to type in a name,
it simply spitted out that the place I was trying to get to could not be
found. I also typed in the address and got the same result. Hmm, that sort
of shocked me, but I'm not a programmer.
2. I wish it were possible to simply download a map of the United States!
No, I could not do that. I had to download a map for each state; I grabbed
the one for my coveted state, typed in an address without including city
name or ZIP code. What happened next was a shocker! It pulled up the
address in Baltimore, Maryland. Wait a minute! I didn't download a state
of Maryland map. So, how was the addressed I typed in found in Baltimore
and I'm right here in my bush?
3. Perhaps I don't quite understand how the app's Alarm works; I had set it
to alert me when I arrive at the address I am tracking. Nope, the alarm DID
NOT EMIT ANY SOUND, and, worst still, the app didn't indicate to me that I
had arrived. It just kept on tracking until I exited the app.
4. The app HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED in a long, long time. This gives me the
impression that the DAYS OF THE APP may be numbered. That will be sad
'cause GetThere does have an interesting potential.

I should go try to find the app's manual and read it; may be this will help
me fine-tune a few tweaks and the app's response may be different. I
certainly do like it better over Lazarillo GPS!


Another app I just grabbed to play with is Seeing Assistant Move. There are
so many settings in this app and I don't understand most of them. For
example, I don't know what will happen if I don't turn Monitor on. Will it
get me to my destination? With Monitor turned on, the app blabs at me every
five or ten seconds and I found that somewhat distracting. I probably need
the manual for this app, or, better still, ask my question on anatad and
hopefully I'll be able to give it a good spin.

I do not know if these apps are available in iOS country playground, but I'm
an Androidian!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

Tell me what you do like about these two apps lazaro and get there. I am
still holding on to my near by explorer app. Till good map exploere comes
to android.


Laz
 

Hey! I heard my name! But I think you meant to say Lazarillo. Actually
Lazarillo is derived from the same origin as my name comes from,
Lazarus the character in the Bible who some say was the first zombie
in recorded history...

Stay safe,

Laz

On 10/7/20, g melconian <gmelconian619@gmail.com> wrote:
Tell me what you do like about these two apps lazaro and get there. I am
still holding on to my near by explorer app. Till good map exploere comes
to android.







--
Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Player/book Reader, Victor
Reader Stream & Trek, blindshell Classic phone, Bluetooth devices, and
accessories
http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
Email: laz@talkingmp3players.com
Phone: 727-498-0121
Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr


Wendy Walker
 

In the Apple app store the GoodMaps Explore is the one that is free
and for the visually impaired. After you download it the icon on your
phone just lists the app as Explore. There is one listed as GoodMaps
for 1.99 but it is not for the blind. I haven't had a chance to try it
out very much yet but it seems like a good source of information.
Thanks for the tip.

Wendy

On 10/8/20, Laz <laz@talkingmp3players.com> wrote:
Hey! I heard my name! But I think you meant to say Lazarillo. Actually
Lazarillo is derived from the same origin as my name comes from,
Lazarus the character in the Bible who some say was the first zombie
in recorded history...

Stay safe,

Laz

On 10/7/20, g melconian <gmelconian619@gmail.com> wrote:
Tell me what you do like about these two apps lazaro and get there. I
am
still holding on to my near by explorer app. Till good map exploere
comes
to android.








--
Affordably priced Accessible Talking MP3 Player/book Reader, Victor
Reader Stream & Trek, blindshell Classic phone, Bluetooth devices, and
accessories
http://www.talkingmp3players.com/
Email: laz@talkingmp3players.com
Phone: 727-498-0121
Personal Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/laz.mesa
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Talkingmp3players?_rdr






g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

I have it on a family member I pad, I have been playing With it ffor a few days now .the app looks very promising compared to near by explorer on line.we will se how well it develops and how much of the near by explorer on line code is in good maps explore. I don’t know why the app is called good maps explore but when its installed on the device the icon says explore instead. I would think that the app would have the same name once it was installed on the device. I think that will cause even more confusion, when more people have a chance to take for a test drive on either platform.


Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Hey Chief Laz, you could possibly code a Laz GPS app; I promise I'll buy if
the price is right in Androidville.

Anyhow, thanks for all that you do, have a blessed day!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado