Homebrew Google Maps for Windows phone 7, and an app to make it easier to install

The Windows phone 7 home brew scene continues to cook, with the latest news being software which allows one to access Google’s mapping data.

The software currently features:

Features

  • Scrollable/zoomable Google maps
  • GPS location tracking
  • GPS enable + sensitivity settings
  • Smoothly restores last map view from state or isolated storage when app is restored

The application, which is not in Marketplace, and therefore needs a developer-unlocked device to install, is currently pretty limited, only allowing browsing and location, but the developer, TechAutos, plans to improve it further.

He plans to add:

  • Address / point-of-interest search
  • Directions
  • Favourites

To make it easier to install these homebrew apps without having to load the whole Visual Studio Tom Condon has created XAP Installer, which makes the process of installed an XAP as simple as clicking on it on the desktop.

The XAP for TechAutoMaps can be found here, and the Tom’s XAP Installer can be found here.

Via WPCentral.com

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