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[Feature-request] Maps.me goes open source, possible Sailfish porting?

asked 2015-10-08 12:44:29 +0200

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updated 2016-08-06 19:57:27 +0200

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Maps.me goes open source, could this be an alternative to get offline navigation in a native Sailfish app? The service is based on Qt5, could porting be easily done?

MAPS.ME’s code will also be available under the Apache 2.0 license, which means free usage for users, even when being used for commercial purposes.

Maps.me on Github

This news has been tucked into comments here on TJC but I wanted to bring it up to start some discussion regarding feasibility etc.

Summary of Maps.me:

  • open source (Apache 2)
  • maps from OpenStreetMap (OSM)
  • offline availibility
  • turn-by-turn navigation
  • written in Qt5/C++

The android version of Maps.me can be downloaded directly as an .apk package.

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Would be a great (open source) replacement for the HERE app (as default map app ;)

tad ( 2015-10-08 13:16:18 +0200 )edit
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I'm also missing a good maps application.

My requirements:

  • OSM
  • offline availibility
  • turn-by-turn navigation (voice support optional)

Atm I'm using Osmand (bought the android version) but I'd appreciate if there would be a native app as I never was satisfied with the Jollas default maps application.

mdosch ( 2015-10-08 13:29:09 +0200 )edit
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This is interesting... from discussion in TMO, it should be possible to make Sailfish adaptation without rewriting everything, so it might be a viable option to replace current default maps-application with more featured and open source one. For sailors, please at least take a look into it as the offline turn-by-turn navigation app is one of the most needed and requested features!

MSH ( 2015-10-08 13:50:29 +0200 )edit
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To be honest I don't know where the maps come from in Maps.me. Bit I personally am extremely satisfied with Openstreetmap -if this can be run in Maps.me I second the idea. Other than this, we also have Openstreetmaps on the android app Osmand, which is definitely complete (e. g. multilingual guidance etc.), so potentially, porting the (open source) Osmand app to Jolla may also be a very efficient option...

Herve5 ( 2015-10-08 14:00:37 +0200 )edit
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@Herve5, according to the FAQ, all the map data comes from OpenStreetMap.

nick75 ( 2015-10-08 14:07:38 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-10-08 15:52:50 +0200

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updated 2015-10-08 15:53:01 +0200

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Offline routing

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Absolutely a crucial feature for a navigation app, which is most needed in unfamiliar places, i.e. during traveling. Minimize data usage, espacially when abroad and roaming. Or navigation without proper mobile network coverage.

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answered 2015-10-08 15:55:43 +0200

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updated 2015-10-08 15:55:50 +0200

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Turn-by-turn navigation

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I guess this feature is what separates navigation apps from map apps (such as the current Sailfish maps).

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answered 2015-10-08 15:54:59 +0200

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updated 2015-10-08 15:55:06 +0200

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Map data from OpenStreetMap (OSM)

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answered 2015-10-08 15:53:34 +0200

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updated 2015-10-08 15:53:40 +0200

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map rendering API

then existing open source Sailfish OS mapping applications, such as modRana, Poor Maps or Maep could make use of it

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answered 2015-10-08 15:56:13 +0200

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updated 2015-10-08 15:56:20 +0200

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Voice instructions

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answered 2015-10-23 15:09:46 +0200

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updated 2015-10-23 15:09:57 +0200

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Live traffic info Just like Nokia Here/Maps, or Waze, or others.

  • Internet sources, requires data connection, i.e. not working in offline mode
  • RDS-TMC, works without mobile data connection, but requires working FM receiver.

The Jolla phone does not have a working FM receiver, but comming devices might.

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