Navizon crowd-sourced Android mapping app pays you to use it [Video]

Crowd-sourced mapping and friend-finder app Navizon has released a new version for Android devices, and now users can earn cash rewards for logging WiFi access points and cell towers. The new app - a free download from the Android Market - supports friend groups for Latitude-style tracking, as well as a record of where you've travelled. There's also live mapping, and the ability to set alerts when you move into a specific location - handy if you need to remind yourself to buy something when you're near the relevant shop. Support for the people-finder tool Navimote is also baked in. Still, it's probably the cash reward scheme that most users will be interested in, as Navizon attempts to boost its database by crowd-sourcing new information. You get 15 points for each new cell tower and 3 points for each new WiFi base station you log (or 2 points for a known cell tower and 1 point for a known WiFi station), all done automatically, and when you reach 10,000 points you can swap it for $15 in cash (via PayPal). [youtube DiHeA3KtF8Q] [via Twitter]

Google Maps 5.3 adds Latitude Location History, custom Places reviews

Google has updated Google Maps for Android to v5.3, introducing the new Google Location History dashboard. Working with Latitude's Location History, the new info pane shows your recent locations as well as how long you've spent at work, at home or simply out and about. As always, you can delete your location history either partially or completely, and it's only visible by users themselves or the people they share their location with. There's a new "check in at home" feature, too. Finally, Google Places with Hotpot now allows you to add your own rating category, so you can leave custom feedback. The Google Maps update is available via the Android Market for devices running 1.6 or higher.

Android Community TeleNav Giveaway!

Hey there everybody, it's time for a big fat giveaway! We've had a call from TeleNav, our good pals navigating the entirety of the United States, and they've told us that they want to give YOU a full one-year subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigation [or alternative partner branded version] in celebration of their system working via AT&T Navigator [in a brand new version, 2.2] on the Motorola ATRIX - you can see a fabulous video of that below. Now what about this contest? How do I enter? And more importantly - how do I WIN?!

LiveViewGPS tracks your stuff from your Android phone

If you are the security conscious type that wants to protect your important gear like laptops, cars, and other valuables from being stolen you might want to put a GPS tracker on the stuff to keep up with it. LiveViewGPS has a ton of different GPS sensors that will track your gear and even track people.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 for Android Live Today

Let's talk about this GPS navigator system here, this app upgrade, but first I've got to let you know that the upgrade to TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 is only available today on AT&T accounts. Harsh, I know. This update has a list of upgrades, the key components of which begin with Multiple Route Suggestions - each time you bring up your route (or at least the first time,) you get a max of three different suggestions for ways you might go. Click the one you want and there you have it! Quick Search is the next upgraded feature, the user now able to tap the Quick Search box on the home screen and type a landmark, category, business name, or address, this search now also including predictive search technology! Neato!

PacMap Location-Based Game Updated

PacMap is proving to be an interesting location-based game for the Android platform. Essentially it's a real-time PacMan game that uses your GPS as the method of control.

Hardware GPS Fix for Samsung Vibrant

Over at XDA Developers user KWKSLVR has formulated a GPS fix for the Samsung Vibrant that was originally implemented by XDA user Plato56. This fix primarily applies to phones made prior to October; to find out when yours was made just look under the battery at a set of numbers marked next to the S/N. Once there, the European date format will read something like “10.09” labeling first the year and then the month.

Motorola Cliq 2 for T-Mobile Images Leak

With HTC's Android-based hands finding their way onto the Internet before any official announcements, it's time for Motorola's turn. This time around, it's the formerly known Begonia device. Better known now, though, as the Motorola Cliq 2. As anyone should expect, this device is making its way to T-Mobile in the United States some time in 2011, and it's bringing along for the ride a full physical keyboard, and full MOTOBLUR integration.
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