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[APP] quickgo 0.4 driving app for better navigation address entry

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19th April 2011, 11:16 AM   |  #1  
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In case anyone is interested, a quick app I put together which provides a large keyboard, with both numbers and letters, which lets you launch navigation to an address very quickly.

The big keyboard is great for typing addresses in while the phone is on a car dashboard.

The separate numbers are dead useful if you live somewhere like the UK, with number /letter postal codes, as you don't have to keep switching to get the number bits.

Works great from Google Car Home.

Supports launching Google Navigation or Google Maps.

Choose UK/US and French and German keyboard layouts, or set your own custom layout.

Also supports working as an input method for use with any other in car navigation application. You can use an app such as Tasker to automatically switch input method when your phone is in car mode.

I don't like posting apk files, so it is free on the market, it is called quickgo.

Any comments / bug reports etc. welcome.

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20th April 2011, 07:22 PM   |  #2  
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Looks really great! Its now on the first slot of my Car Home However, would it be possible to add an option to change layouts? I'm normally using a German keyboard, which has the Y and Z exchanged - the Umlaute are not required as google normally doesnt need them either.
One way would be maybe to create a textfile on the SDcard with your orginal layout, so that would mean the file would consist of 37 chars, 1-0 and Q-",". If the user wants to place for example the M where the Q is he just exchanges these two chars in the file and then loads them from your app
20th April 2011, 07:43 PM   |  #3  
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Super simple and easy to use and easy to see when in my mount.
Great work.
20th April 2011, 08:21 PM   |  #4  
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A great little app, works great when not in my car mount, will report back after I've tried it in the car.

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20th April 2011, 08:33 PM   |  #5  
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Links:
http://www.mrl.nott.ac.uk/~jqm/blog/?p=489
http://www.appbrain.com/app/quickgo/...rshall.quickgo
https://market.android.com/details?i...rshall.quickgo

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Looks nice
Edit, tested it and it works great, but the system doesn't pick it up as one of the available keyboards. Is that coming soon ?
Found some info about input methods here.

I was hoping I can switch to this keyboard automatically via a 'car mode' profile (tasket/setting profiles/etc)
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21st April 2011, 02:13 PM   |  #6  
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works great
very smooth, very simple, very good.

what about an option or preference setting for the result to show up in maps instead of going straight to navigation?
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Cheers all,

am in the process of adding French / azerty, German / quertz and user defined keyboard support. Hopefully will finish and post an update this weekend if not earlier.

Good idea about preference to launch maps, that should be dead easy to stick in, it's just a single line change to launch something different.

Britoso - right now it isn't a full input method, just a single app, optimized to be easy to see in a car, and set up so it goes directly to navigation. I just have it in place of the navigate icon in my car home. I can't really see it being much use for other things, emails, texts or whatever, as it deliberately doesn't support things like punctuation, lower case etc. in order to make most efficient use of the screen space.
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It would make a good keyboard for almost all navigation apps Shouldn't be too much more work.
23rd April 2011, 11:40 AM   |  #9  
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Right, the latest version (0.3) now supports German and French keyboard layouts, and also lets you set your own layout if you want something other than QWERTY / AZERTY or QWERTZ.

It also has a preference you can set to launch maps instead of launching straight into navigation.

Looking at the input method stuff it looks like it isn't super hard, like you say, it can probably use most of the same code, hopefully I'll find some time to play with that soon. It would be convenient for use with other navigation apps like CoPilot which might not support being launched with an address.

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Just perfect! Thanks!

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