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Getting Started Using Maps on the Galaxy S 4

The kind of mapping application that’s easiest to understand on your Galaxy S 4 is one that you open the application, and it presents a local map. Depending upon the model of your phone, you will have a mapping applications preloaded, such as Google Maps, TeleNav, or VZ Navigator. These are found both on your Home screen and in your Application list.

It’s not a large leap for a smartphone to offer directions from your GPS-derived location to somewhere you want to go in the local area. These are standard capabilities found in each of these applications.

This section describes Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation; these are both free and might come preinstalled on your phone. Other mapping applications that might come with your phone, such as Bing Maps or TeleNav, have similar capabilities, but the details will be a bit different.

Or, you might wish to use other mapping applications. That’s all fine. Take a look at the descriptions and the prices in the Play Store and get the solution that best meets your needs.

As a rule, free navigation applications, like Google Maps Navigation use historical averages for travel times. The applications that charge a modest monthly fee (between $5 and $10 monthly), like VZ Navigator, have real-time updates that avoid taking you on congested routes. So if you depend on your mapping app to get where you’re going on a regular basis, you might find it worth your while to spend money for a paid app.

In addition to the general-purpose mapping applications that come on your phone, hundreds of mapping applications are available that can help you find a favorite store, navigate waterways, or find your car in a crowded parking lot. For example, Navigon and TCS offer solutions that base their navigation on real-time traffic conditions and give you-turn-by-turn directions using three-dimensional images of the neighborhoods in which you are driving.

As nice as mapping devices are, they’re too slow to tell you to stop looking at them and avoid an oncoming car. If you can’t control yourself in the car and need to watch the arrow on the map screen move, do yourself a favor and let someone else drive. If no one else is available to drive, be safe and don’t use the navigation service on your phone in the car.

The most basic way to use a map is to bring up the Google Maps application. The icon for launching this app is shown here.

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The first screen that you see when you tap the Maps icon is a street map with your location. This figure shows an example of a map when the phone user is in the Seattle area.

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The location of the user is a blue arrow head at the center of the map. The resolution of the map in the figure starts at about one mile square. You can see other parts of the map by placing a finger on the map and dragging away from the part of the map that you want to see. That brings new sections of the map onto the screen.

Turn the phone to change how the map is displayed. Depending on what you’re looking for, a different orientation might be easier.

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