Michael Mayhew

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Google Maps with Turn by Turn Navigation for CyanogenMod

by on Nov.11, 2009, under Android, Technology

Final Update: Google has released Google Maps 3.2.1 in the Market with native Navigation support.  These instructions are no longer needed.

Thanks for all the support and kind words.

If you have Google Maps installed with my instructions below, it would be a good idea to revert and re-install through the Market.

Do this to revert:

ADB Instructions:

  1. Download http://mmayhew.com/4.2.5_build_files.zip
  2. Open a command prompt in the folder you unzipped  the 4.2.5_build_files.zip files
  3. Run the following commands from command prompt:
  4. adb remount
  5. adb shell rm /system/app/*maps*
  6. adb shell rm /system/app/*Maps*
  7. adb shell rm /system/sd/app/*maps*
  8. adb shell rm /system/sd/app/*Maps*
  9. adb shell rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  10. adb shell rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  11. adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  12. adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  13. adb shell rm /data/app/*Maps*
  14. adb shell rm /data/app/*maps*
  15. adb push build.prop /system/
  16. adb push build.trout.prop /system/
  17. adb push build.sapphire.prop /system/
  18. adb shell reboot
  19. Go to the Market and install Google Maps.
  20. You’re Done!

Terminal Instructions:

  1. Download http://mmayhew.com/4.2.5_build_files.zip
  2. Unzip zip
  3. Copy build.prop, build.trout.prop, build.sapphire.prop and Maps.apk to /sdcard/
  4. Open Terminal on your G1/MT3G
  5. su
  6. mount -o remount,rw /system/
  7. cp /sdcard/build.prop /system/
  8. cp /sdcard/build.trout.prop /system/
  9. cp /sdcard/build.sapphire.prop /system/
  10. rm /system/sd/app/*Maps*
  11. rm /system/sd/app/*maps*
  12. rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  13. rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  14. rm /system/app/*Maps*
  15. rm /system/app/*maps*
  16. rm /data/app/*maps*
  17. rm /data/app/*Maps*
  18. rm /data/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  19. rm /data/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  20. reboot
  21. Install Google Maps from Market
  22. You’re Done!

Update (on the Final Update):

If you get “Incompatible Update” when updating Google Maps in the Market, try the following. It has worked for me and others.

Download these files again.

ADB Users:

  1. Follow the above steps for ADB but after step 18 (reboot) do the following:
  2. Unzip files
  3. adb remount
  4. adb push Maps.apk /system/app/
    1. If you get an error that says the filesystem is read only do the following
    2. adb shell mount -o rw,remount /system/
    3. Then rerun the command
  5. Now go to the Market and try to re-install

Terminal Users:

  1. Follow the above steps for Terminal but after step 20 (reboot) do the following:
  2. Unzip files and copy to your SD card.
  3. In Terminal:
  4. su
  5. mount -o remount,rw /system
  6. cp /sdcard/ /system/app/
  7. mount -o remount,ro /system
  8. Close Terminal and re-install through the market.


Thanks to the guys on XDA we now have Google Maps with Nav from Eclair working on Donut-based CyanogenMod 4.2.5

Download the files from: http://www.mmayhew.com/Navigation.zip

Linux Users Only: Feel free to use this script by foopirata to automate the adb process.  I have not tested this script but it looks like it would work.  You will need to do the following:

  • Run the script as root
  • Have the SDK installed and adb in your path
  • Have the phone connected via USB
  • Be familiar with running bash scripts

If the script doesn’t work for you or you are not a Linux user, try the manual processes below:

ADB Instructions for Windows, Mac and Linux users: If you have the SDK installed and are familiar with adb, do the following. If not, skip down:

  1. Open a command prompt in the folder you unzipped  the Navigation.zip files
  2. Run the following commands from command prompt:
  3. adb remount
  4. adb shell rm /system/app/*maps*
  5. adb shell rm /system/app/*Maps*
  6. adb shell rm /system/sd/app/*maps*
  7. adb shell rm /system/sd/app/*Maps*
  8. adb shell rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  9. adb shell rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  10. adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  11. adb shell rm /data/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  12. adb shell rm /data/app/*Maps*
  13. adb shell rm /data/app/*maps*
  14. adb push build.prop /system/
  15. adb push build.trout.prop /system/
  16. adb push build.sapphire.prop /system/
  17. adb shell reboot
  18. Wait for phone to boot back up
  19. adb remount
  20. adb install Maps.apk
    1. If that fails, try adb install -r Maps.apk
    2. If THAT fails, try adb push Maps.apk /system/app/
  21. Make sure GPS is enabled
  22. Open Maps and press OK
  23. Press Menu
  24. Press Directions
  25. Enter an end point
  26. Click Go
  27. Just under “Show on map”, click Navigate.
  28. When prompted to install the voice codec, do so.
  29. Enjoy.

Manual Instructions without a PC: If you do not have the SDK installed, do the following:

  1. Unzip zip
  2. Copy build.prop, build.trout.prop, build.sapphire.prop and Maps.apk to /sdcard/
  3. Open Terminal on your G1/MT3G
  4. su
  5. mount -o remount,rw /system/
  6. cp /sdcard/build.prop /system/
  7. cp /sdcard/build.trout.prop /system/
  8. cp /sdcard/build.sapphire.prop /system/
  9. rm /system/sd/app/*Maps*
  10. rm /system/sd/app/*maps*
  11. rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  12. rm /system/sd/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  13. rm /system/app/*Maps*
  14. rm /system/app/*maps*
  15. rm /data/app/*maps*
  16. rm /data/app/*Maps*
  17. rm /data/dalvik-cache/*maps*
  18. rm /data/dalvik-cache/*Maps*
  19. reboot
  20. After the phone boots, return to terminal
  21. su
  22. mount -o rw,remount /system
  23. cp /sdcard/Maps.apk /system/app/
  24. mount -o ro,remount /system/
  25. Close terminal
  26. Make sure GPS is enabled
  27. Open Maps and press OK
  28. Press Menu
  29. Press Directions
  30. Enter an end point
  31. Click Go
  32. Just under “Show on map”, click Navigate.
  33. When prompted to install the voice codec, do so.
  34. Enjoy.

UPDATE: If you have tried these instructions and can’t get it working, try the following as suggested by nhudson in the comment section. This worked for him and others:

1: Remove Google Voice
2: Replace the build.prop files (trout, sapphire, etc) back to the original ones.
3: Reboot
4: Reinstall the new build.prop files and remove any of the map stuff from the directories Michael listed.
5: Reboot
6: Install the new Maps.apk file
7: Launch Google Voice and re-set it up
8: Launch the new Maps and Navigation was there.

Let me know if this works for you. If you need help, leave a comment, holler at me on twitter or head over to this thread on XDA.

If you don’t see the Navigate option, try installing Google Voice. I know it sounds weird but it’s reported to work.

If you still don’t see the Navigate option, I’m not sure I can help other than re-do the steps above.  Here is what’s important:

  • Make sure you deleted all *Maps* and *maps* files from:
    • /system/app/
    • /system/sd/app/
    • /system/sd/dalvik-cache/
    • /data/app/
    • /data/dalvik-cache/
  • Make sure you rebooted after copying the build*prop files to /system/

If Navigation is working but certain apps aren’t acting right, you may need to revert back to the original build.prop files. They can be found at http://mmayhew.com/original_build_prop_files.zip

Here are some screenshots from my G1:

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Android: Tethering with CyanogenMod via Bluetooth, Wifi or USB

by on Oct.30, 2009, under Android, Technology

Tethering allows you to share your phone’s Internet connection with another device, such as your laptop or desktop computer.  Most wireless companies charge a hefty fee for air cards or tether access but with your Android device running CyanogenMod you only need your existing data plan.

USB Tethering

As of CyanogenMod, USB tethering is built right into the ROM.

  • Go to Settings
  • Wireless Controls
  • Check ‘Internet Tethering’

If your Android device is connected to your PC via USB, the OS should recognize a new USB adapter and voila, Internet access via USB!

Here are some screen shots of my G1 and Ubuntu 9.04 laptop:usb0 Connected!

Wireless Settings

WiFi Tethering

If you don’t have a USB cable or want to connect multiple devices, Wifi tethering is awesome! This is by far, my favorite method of tethering. For all you geeks out there, this option basically creates an ad-hoc wifi network,  handles dhcp and becomes a router/wifi gateway. Sweet huh?

This is done with a program called Wireless Tether for Root Users. The program is very self explanatory but here are some rough steps:

  • Open Wireless Tether for Root Users
  • Menu -> Setup
  • Make sure “Use Bluetooth” is unchecked
  • Scroll down and set SSID
  • If you want to use WEP, check “Enable WiFi-Encryption” and then choose “Change Passphrase”
  • Press back
  • Start Tethering!
  • From your wifi-enabled device, re-scan and select your SSID
  • Ta Da!

Wireless Tether for Root Users will use the notification area to show your connected. You can enabled MAC-filtering and allow or dis-allow certain devices.

Check out these awesome screenshots:

Wireless Tether MainWireles Tether SettingsWireless Tether More SettingsWireless_Tether_StartingmmayhewG1Wireless_Tether_ConnectedWireless_Tether_Down_Up

Bluetooth Tethering

I have to apologize because I can’t talk to Bluetooth Tethering other than it’s possible and it’s awesome. The same app, Wireless Tether for Root Users, offers Bluetooth Tethering but my laptop isn’t bluetooth enabled so I can’t test and provide feedback.

But speaking of Bluetooth, as of CyanogenMod, Bluetooth OBEX is working! If you have Bluetooth enabled, you can share files, contacts and images via Bluetooth. Check out the screenshot below:


If you have any questions on Tethering, CyanogenMod or Android in general, please comment and I’ll respond.  Below are some useful links relevant to this post:

CyanogenMod – http://www.cyanogenmod.com

CM on XDA:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=567610

Wireless Tether for Root Users: http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/

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CyanogenMod 4.1.999 with EnochXtra theme

by on Oct.16, 2009, under Android, Technology

I’ve switched back to Cyanogen’s CM 4.1.999 ROM with my favorite theme, EnochXtra. It’s Donut based and extremely fast.

The Hero ROMs were really fun and very nice but this G1 hardware is just a little too sluggish to push it.  Cyanogen has done some amazing work with his ROM and it’s easily the fastet, most stable Donut based ROM.

Cyanogen also has a OTA, or over the air, updater for his ROMs. When he releases a new version, you get a notification and the Updater will download, reboot and flash the ROM by itself. Although the developers over at XDA did most of the work on the updater.

Below are some screen shots of CyanogenMod 4.1.999 with the EnochXtra theme in all of its glory.

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My Favorite Hero ROM for Android

by on Oct.15, 2009, under Android, Technology

Check out these screen shots from KiNgxKxROM. I’ve tried all the major Hero ROM’s and this is my favorite. It’s fast, stable and clean.

I think I’ve finally found a Hero ROM stable enough to use full time.

My favorite features about Hero ROM’s are:

  • Twitter/Facebook Integration
  • HTC Widgets
  • Multi-touch Image Gallery
  • Much Better Browser
  • Much slicker looking


  • Sluggish (especially on the G1)
  • No bluetooth (Hardware issues)
  • Based on Android 1.5 (Cyanogen’s 4.1.x is based on 1.6)

Check out these links:

KiNgxKxROM: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=563294

Editing your user.conf: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=561235

Partitioning your SD Card (Noob Friendly): http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=4502330&postcount=9228

SPL and Radio Images Needed for Hero ROMs: http://code.google.com/p/sapphire-port-dream/

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Screenshots from Maxisma’s Hero 1.8

by on Oct.14, 2009, under Android

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Android: Google’s Mobile OS

by on Sep.13, 2009, under Android

I’m a big fan of Google’s Android mobile OS.  It allows a lot more flexibility and freedom over the iPhone OS.  T-mobile is also a lot more “hacker friendly” by allowing apps for rooted (hacked) phones in their Market which is equivalent to the iPhone’s App Store.

A few key features that puts the Android OS over the iPhone, IMHO, is removable storage, ability to install 3rd party applications, open source,  3g tethering and running apps in the background.

But to get the full potential out of your Android device, you may want to consider “rooting” it.  This gives you full root (administrative) access to the device.  This allows custom ROM images, customer boot loaders and custom applications.

With Cyanogen’s custom ROM you get several custom features as well as a heavily optimized kernel that will speed up your device.  With Cyanogen’s ROM, I’ve moved my applications to an ext2 partition on my SD card.  I’ve also moved the cache for internal applications to the SD card.  This free’s up internal memory, allows more capacity and speeds up the device. Cyanogen’s ROM also provides enhancements to the browser as well as other internal applications.

For the true geek’s out there, you can run a full Debian distro on top of the phone’s OS.  There is also a free tethering application that will tether your 3g connection over Bluetooth or Wifi.  The Wifi aspects still blows my mind.  It basically turns your phone into a WEP-enabled Wifi access point that multiple devices can connect to.  The app gives out DHCP addresses and will even do MAC address access control.

I’ll leave you with a few links:

Root Your Android Device In 1 Click.

xda-developers.com: The Best Source On The Net For Android Hacking

Cyanogen’s Rom: The Best Custom Rom For Your Rooted Android Device

Run Debian On Your G1

Please leave any questions in the comment section and I’ll address them.

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