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Registered: ‎06-26-2013
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BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

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I want to point out that I'm criticizing not to be mean but to make BlackBerry Apps better. In today's highly competitive smartphone market BlackBerry needs not just to be on par with iPhone and Android OS but better, offer features people didn't know they needed but then can't live without. 

It's all the small details that make a big difference to buy BlackBerry or not. And that's what you'll find below. 
If BlackBerry needs a real-life person with brains for testing their products before rolling out, I'm ready for it. 
Keep moving! 
 
Readability issue
 
App needs thicker, juicier colors for traffic visibility (green, yellowred) on every scale level not just when zoomed in - we need to quickly see the big picture and also be able to distinguish which direction of the highway is in traffic without zooming in on every area of the way - that's dangerous behind the wheel. Look at the screenshots I'm attaching to compare it to Google maps and see how it's supposed to be.
 
 
Missing features 
  1. Ability to share location and directions via text, email, etc., even legacy BlackBerries had that!
  2. Add more streets to Show traffic feature when zoomed in on local level, right now it's only a handful and losing to Google maps again.
  3. Add 1 more color for standstill traffic (for example Google maps has black-red-black for it).
  4. Make traffic data more accurate!
  5. Add these crucial modes to the maps (walk, public transit, bicycle, satellite, terrain, panoramic street view). People live outside their cars you know.
  6. App needs + and - buttons for zooming for 1 hand operation.
  7. Make night mode available not only to navigation but to regular map view also. It will save battery.
 
Navigation Bugs, Errors and Missing features 
 
  1. Update route menu option is grayed out - currently not working. 
  2. Make exit numbers stand out: Letters on top where exit numbers are written are too small and grey.
  3. Add lane guidance on screen and with voice (similar to Mireo Don't Panic Navigation App from BlackBerry World).
  4. If Maps app is accidentally closed before reaching the destination remember that route and offer to continue when launched next time (like Waze navigation app does).
  5. Suggest to keep right with voice when the carpool lane is on the left side of the road and you chose to avoid carpool lanes in the settings.
  6. Add preview individual turns feature when you press on them from the directions list.
  7. Add detour option to menu with ability  to detour next turn, next 2 turns, etc. OR to detour next 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, etc. miles.
  8. Offer 2-3 alternative routes before starting navigation.
  9. Add voice prompts to keep left or right when approaching point where highway is splitting into two or three. 
  10. Add actual time of arrival to information bar instead of just traveling time, they can rotate to save space on screen: show 2 seconds one, 2 seconds the other.
 
Error that I found when traveling south from route 28 to highway i-93 in Boston metro area. The navigation told and showed wrong i-95 instead of i-93 which is totally different highway here. Although overview maps showed correctly i-93. Please fix this and look for similar errors, there might be more.
 
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P.S. Fellow BlackBerry users, tweet the link to this post to BlackBerry, copy and paste it on their Facebook page, repost on forums, email it to get this message through to BlackBerry Top management. Originally posted by V. Baranouski 
 
 

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Re: BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

11. Add "Download for offline usage" option to download and store chosen portions of the certain map on SD card. You will get a lot of new customers who love outdoor activities and traveling abroad to save on super expensive roaming charges.
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Re: BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

Another thing:

When I hold and move my finger to browse the area on the map places are being pin-pointed almost every time I touch the screen. I do not want to select this place, I'm just browsing around! Please fix - VERY annoying to use "Clear the map" menu to erase all those unnecessarily pin-pointed places.

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Re: BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

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12. We need to be able to add MULTIPLE VIA POINTS to the route before starting navigation as well as to an active route while navigating. This is a VERY IMPORTANT feature.

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Registered: ‎06-26-2013
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Re: BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

2.    Add more streets to Show traffic feature when zoomed in on local level, right now it's only a handful and losing to Google maps again. The same goes to HIGHWAY RAMPS ON EXITS and ENTRANCES, right now no traffic provided for these critical areas.

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Registered: ‎02-14-2012
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Re: BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

Is there a way to enter in GPS coordinates into BlackBerry maps instead of the actual address of the destination. I see that for a brief moment when you tap on the map the coordinates appear but then translate in to the address.  Thank you.I am only looking to enter in the coordinates.

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Registered: ‎06-11-2013
My Device: Z10
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Re: BlackBerry Maps: Bugs, Missing Features Requests

Can't hear verbal directions when in car and using Bluetooth.  Phone works great with Bluetooth, but can't hear verbal map directions. Verbal directions work great when in a car that doesn't have Bluetooth.