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Old 04-04-2007, 05:20 PM
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TomTom and n95 built in gps

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New here have recently turn't my back on an XDA EXEC and gone for the more sportier looking N95.

Need some help though. is there any way of getting the tom tom software on the n95 to use the built in gps unit. When i use to use this on my XDA Exec it had plenty of options for gps units but in this version only has 2 bluetooth ones. I have done plenty of searching goolge (and the search function of the site not a noob in that way lol) and could not find much on this topic.

I have installed the tom tom software on the n95 and it works a treat runs pretty smoothly apart from the gps issue.

All help would be much appreicated.

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Old 04-04-2007, 05:28 PM
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TomTom needs to release an updated version that does not assume an external Bluetooth GPS receiver. I don't know if TomTom has plans to address that, or not, but they can if they want to. Ask them.

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Old 04-04-2007, 06:12 PM
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I read on another forum that a guy had emailed tomtom and they said the were working on it a present.

I should be easy for them to do. The PPC version can auto detect and use internal GPS chips. With the Symbian version they obviously 'streamlined' it and did not leave that feature because there were no GPS embedded Symbian phones around when V6 came out.

With the other GPS enabled Symbian devices coming out, it will be a massive market for them.

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Thanks for all your help.

Lets hope tomtom don't take to long with the patch/new version as i really can't get on with that maps software.

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Old 04-04-2007, 10:20 PM
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Yeah, the built in map software is pretty pants when you compare it to whats already on the market. Such as View Ranger and TomTom for Symbian and all the amazing stuff for Pocket PC.

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Old 05-04-2007, 12:08 AM
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Technically it a fairly trivial process to enable support for the internal GPS. Developers can use the location api built into S60.

I'd agree that its not up to the standard of Tom Tom but I suspect its going to be actively developed, and I guess you can't argue with having the functionality read to go out of the box.

I imagine the same will be true for copilot, navicore, route 66 etc etc.

View Ranger is great, but then its not for car navigation (well not really). However I think it shows what you can do with a well written piece of software. If your in the UK and use OS maps you should check it out.
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Old 05-04-2007, 07:20 AM
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And to show how easy it is to use the internal GPS, ViewRanger already has a version that can do just that. In fact, it will let you choose whether to use the internal or an external receiver.

I continue to be impressed by ViewRanger support and how quickly they are on top of things.

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Old 05-04-2007, 09:05 AM
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"Technically it a fairly trivial process to enable support for the internal GPS. Developers can use the location api built into S60."

It's a very trivial process. The internal bluetooth will be connected to a serial port on the CPU.
On a bluetooth GPS, the bluetooth stack provides a virtual serial port.
So technically, it should be a simple case of getting the software to use a different serial port.

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Has anyone heard of when tomtom will be releasing a patch for this

I emailed tomtom the other day but i have not yet had a reply.

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Feed back from Tom Tom GPS Nokia N95

Hi,

This is the feedback I got back from Tom Tom.

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Thank you for contacting TomTom Customer Support.

Please be advised that the Nokia N95 is not on the compatibility list for Navigator 6. This does not mean that it is not compatible with the device, as the N95 is a very recent model and may not have been tested yet, but in any case is has not been added to the compatibility list.

In regards to your query, we would recommend that you do the following:

1. Do a Soft Reset on your PDA
2. Go into Navigator 6 (Tom Tom)
3. Go to Main Menu
4. Select 'Change Preferences'
5. Select 'Show GPS Status'
6. Select 'Configure'
7. Select 'Other NMEA GPS Receiver'
8. Ensure your Bit rate is set at '4800'
9. Ensure port is set to 'GPS Output' (this is phone specific, so if you do not have this option, you can try others)

Once you have done the above steps, please go back to 'Show GPS Status' to see if you have now received GPS signal (you will see the black and yellow circle in top right hand circling).

I hope this has answered your question.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to email us further

With Best Regards

The TomTom Customer Support Team
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i don't know if the internal GPS unit on the N95 offers a serial (COM) port to other software or if its limited to only its API. the serial port would be the easiest way to get this working but i haven't got the software to try it out =/

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There is a catch... There is NO "other NMEA GPS Receiver" option!! What to do??

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Nothing. The option for aother NMEA GPS is not in the Symbian version, only Windows Mobile version has this.

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What to do?? I really want TomTom on my N95.... Anyone has an idea?

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Old 13-04-2007, 05:47 PM
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What to do?? I really want TomTom on my N95.... Anyone has an idea?
It's quite simple - you install TomTom on to your N95 and use a bluetooth connection to an EXTERNAL GPS unit, just as you would do with any other N series phone.

At the moment, TomTom does NOT support the internal GPS in the N95, but will work fine with any external GPS unit.
 

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