Navigon Fresh, Android, Ubuntu and Wine
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:51:08 AM
Navigon - for Android
On starting the program, it turned out that the maps and voices still needed to be downloaded and that the "right" way to do this was using a program called "Navigon Fresh" that is downloadable from Navigon's website. So far so good.
When arriving at the site, it turned out that there was not a Linux version available for download to my Ubuntu computer. This is particularly odd, because Navigon Fresh is a Qt based application and one of the major benefits of Qt is being able to support multiple platforms easily. Also, many of us have chosen Android phones because they run Linux and it is a shame to then have to get a Windows computer to install things. Step in Wine
Installing Navigon Fresh using Wine went very smoothly, the application started and all seemed good. However, for some reason the software could not see the cell phone's memory card and was uninterested in letting me download anything until this hurdle was overcome.
The recipe for success turned out to be:
1. Connect the phone to the computer and choose to mount the USB disk on the phone's notification menu
2. On the computer, start winecfg, choose "Drives", change the settings for the USB disk from "Autodetect" to "Floppy Disk" and press "Ok"
Restart Navigon Fresh and the device will be detected correctly and the maps and voices can be downloaded.