I have been out of the countryfor 2 weeks and wasn’t really able to try out the beta version of xGPS, the soon-to-be-released voice turn by turn navigation system for jailbroken iPhones. So after catching up on some well needed sleep time, I finally got around xGPS and my first impressions are not that great.

xGPS is in beta version, which probably explains why I wasn’t able to get it to work. I downloaded the app, tweaked the GPS options to have it recognize my iPhone 3G and finally typed driving directions. I asked the navigation system to start from the current location and to give me directions to the arrival point of Encinitas, CA. I got an error that said: “no driving direction can be computed using your query”.

I thought it was because I had typed the city and state only. So I typed in a full address. Same error! I looked online for this issue and I realized that I am not the only one having this “no driving direction can be computed using your query” problem. I read somewhere that you have to give the full address including the country but again, this didn’t work for me.

After 15 minutes of playing around and not finding an answer, I decided that xGPS is useless as is for me for the time being so I uninstalled it. If you encountered the “no driving direction can be computed using your query” error and know how to fix it, please let me know in the comments.

However, looking at the video demo, I am really excited at the full release of this app, scheduled for March 7th. No doubt that xGPS will be the first turn-by-turn navigation system for the iPhone. My conspiracy theorist mind tells me however that Apple is most likely already working on such a feature and that it will be available on the new iPhone later this year. I might be wrong though…

  • CR

    xGPS does not support using “Current Location” in the US. I fooled with it for a long time until i realized this. Put both full addresses in (no need for Country) then run the program while driving. You will be impressed.

    They say the update that has been delayed until March will include the Current Location fix.

  • Bobolito

    I was mostly unimpressed by the inability to enter a destination name, such as “Walmart” and have it find the nearest one based on your current location. xGPS couldn’t even handle a partial address, such as “14 Wall St” which is something any other map software can handle just fine. xGPS uses Google Maps as its base map and Google Maps can quickly find your nearest store or business by simply entering the name. No address required. Why can’t xGPS do the same? If this is not included in the final version, then this will be mostly useless as a Turn-by-Turn GPS application, and definitely not worth the price they will charge for it.

  • THANK YOU for posting this. I thought it was just my version that didn’t work. I spent a long time downloading the maps for my region only to have it still not work. BOO.

    Looking forward to the next update though.

  • it1294

    anyone know if it will work with the 1st gen iphone, without needing to install any additional hardware? Like will i still be able to have turn by turn

  • Rey

    I agree with what Bobolito said. A big part of what makes the default Map app great is that you can type in points of interest and it will find the address for you. If the full release doesn’t have this, it won’t be any good to me.

  • Someone

    i have heard many release dates.
    i have been trying to locate there website but am unable to find it.
    is the release date on the 2nd of march or on the 7th.

  • Navneet

    The last I checked on their website (when it was working) the release date had been updated to 2nd March (from 7th March) along with a new video posted. So, I am anxiously waiting for the website to be up and announce the good news. Else, it will be another week’s wait :).

  • Excellent Article, very much looking forward to using xGPS.

  • @it1294 it will not work on your 1st gen iPhone because it doesn’t have GPS capability

  • Make sure you guys check Sebastian’s latest post concerning the new xGPS update that was released today on Cydia!

  • This is amazing, i love xGPS, can’t wait to start using this in my car. awesome article by the way!

  • I have an iPhone with GPS and a Garmin. Looks like the iPhone still blows in comparison to the Garmin Nuvi.

    This is such a horrible GPS unit. I love iPhones and all, but man does the iPhone suck for GPS!

    Plus, looks like you have waaaaay too many cables hooked up. What a pain in the ass!