Google Maps comes to WP7 via homebrew

Despite Microsoft's attempt to put the kibosh on the homebrew scene for Windows Phone 7, it appears the community is still going strong. One of the main purposes for homebrew is to include features the user wants, but the vendor will not provide. One such feature that many users want, despite what Microsoft may allow, is the ability to use Google Maps on their device.

Windows Phone 7 does come with Bing maps, but for some, that is not enough. Coder group, TechAutos has brought Google Maps to Windows Phone 7 via the ChevronWP7 unlocker. The application, TAMaps, "taps into the Google Maps API to deliver basic functionality such as scrolling and zooming and location tracking via GPS, but lacks other features like address and POI searches, the ability to calculate directions, and support for bookmarking favorite places", according to Pocketnow.com

The group claims that the maps feature is only there to hold users over until Google releases its own official map application. For those looking to install the application, you must use the ChevronWP7 tool or be a developer. But if you are new to the scene, finding the ChevronWP7 tool may be an issue, as the developers have pulled the certificate needed for the application to work.  

As always, anytime you jailbreak, root, unlock, you may void your warranty and could possibly brick your device. 

Image Credit: Pocketnow.com

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I remember having no issues using Google Maps or any number of apps programmed by whoever on Windows Mobile 5. Did something change here?

I like bing maps but it needs some better results (adresses and POI's). I dunno if it works great in the states but in Canada, it's a little flawed

Cool thing google is coming to the party. This app is useless tho as it doesn't even have a search feature.

i dont think an offical app will happen for google maps because then it would take away the lime light from bing maps and ms probably wont let that happen.

Xypro said,
i dont think an offical app will happen for google maps because then it would take away the lime light from bing maps and ms probably wont let that happen.

Microsoft already said that it want transparent approval process and that anything that meet the Windows Phone Marketplace requirement would be approved even if it compete directly with Microsoft own apps.

day2die said,

Microsoft already said that it want transparent approval process and that anything that meet the Windows Phone Marketplace requirement would be approved even if it compete directly with Microsoft own apps.

Exactly. This isn't Apple we're talking about here... lol

hdood said,
So why does this need an unlocked phone?

Using data from Google Maps without permission is against Google Maps's TOS so Microsoft wouldn't approve it.

Hollow.Droid said,
Read the article, this is to tie people over until the official app is inevitably released.

I've read the article... that still doesn't explain why they just can't put this on the marketplace in the mean time?

~Johnny said,

I've read the article... that still doesn't explain why they just can't put this on the marketplace in the mean time?

Guess they didn't want to pay the $99 fee? Only reason I see unless they're access some native APIs that you can't do otherwise?

~Johnny said,

I've read the article... that still doesn't explain why they just can't put this on the marketplace in the mean time?


Google Maps's TOS doesn't allow anyone else to make an app using data from Google Maps. Google has to do it.

Edited by illegaloperation, Dec 5 2010, 10:53pm :

day2die said,

Google Maps's TOS doesn't allow anyone else to make an app using data from Google Maps. Google has to do it.

Google doesnt even allow the usage for http://www.google.com by anything else but aproved browsers.
even IRC scripts and similar break google's ToS