BlackBerry 10 map app

I know a lot of apps that we cover at PlayBookDaily are coming to BlackBerry 10, and one of the cool apps we know are coming to BlackBerry 10 is Magellan Compass. Magellan Compass offers lots of great map features and functionality and one new feature in the version for BlackBerry 10 is FourSquare Places  Basic functionality will be included at launch and enhanced as time proceeds.  Magellan Compass is including the best of geo-location sources as one easy to use application.

All new map providers: The map provider interface has been completely redone.  We had to break backwards compatibility in how map tiles are stored on the device, so previous map data will not be accessible with this release.  It is best to clear the map cache so that the old tiles just don’t sit around.  Map providers now include:

  • Map Quest (existing)
  • Open Street Maps (existing)
  • Google Maps (only map provider that is not allowed to be cached to the device because of licensing)
  • Bing Maps
  • MapBox (2 standard styles available, plus you can create your own from
  • Stamen map series (kind of cool)
  • Open Cycle
  • Open Transport
  • Open Landscape
  • U.S. Aviation Sectional (not at lower map levels)

New places provider: Version 4 now includes Yelp, MapQuest and CitySearch.  Search changed to be able to obtain low density areas better.

Improved Map Caching: As mentioned above, how data is stored changed, but not only can you cache a lot more map providers, but those map providers that provide satellite and hybrid maps can be cached as well.

Route map tiles: Much improved performance in obtaining map tiles along a route.

Long Press: The map can be pressed for about a minute to show a context menu.  The menu allows the user to navigage easier, show POIs, etc.

New Layers: New map layers have been added and existing one enhanced.

  • Weather points (display worldwide weather icons and temperature on map)
  • Display GPS Tracks
  • KML import

More Import and Export: User can now import and export POI date from GPX  files.

Source. o2 interactive

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