Using Maps to find a location

Having troubles trying to search an address with the Maps application on the Windows Phone?

The documentation on the website is very good and clean, but searching a location doesn’t work if you only have two buttons: “show your location” and “search”. The “search” button just redirects you to Bing search instead of the location search of the Maps application.

In order to get the “get directions” working, make it visible and activate the map search (instead of Bing search) you have to check your Location.

First check your settings:

  1. From Start, flick left to the Applications list, then press Settings.
  2. Go to region & language.
  3. Scroll down to Browser & search language.
  4. Make sure the language is set to English (United States).

Now if you open the Maps application you will see three buttons instead of two and the search button will now not redirect to the regular Bing search.

I hope @JoeBelfiore and @Bing read this. Some people do actually live outside the US, Belgium for example.

Hoppala! Augmentation and Layar

HOPPALA! Augmentation provides an easy way for non-technical creatives to start experimenting with augmented reality and Layar. Create your own augmented reality experiences with just some mouse clicks and publish your work at Layar, the world‘s largest augmented reality platform.

This is the augmented reality version of the Berlin Wall in 3D featured on Hoppala!:

Hoppala! is a Layar partner. Don’t forget to check out Layar, they have their app for Android and iPhone. A Symbian version is in development, no news about a Windows Phone 7 version yet.

What is Layar?
The Layar Reality Browser shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of the real world as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. This technology is called Augmented Reality. We augment the real world as seen through your mobile phone, based on your location.

How does Layar’s Augmented Reality work?
The idea is simple: Layar works by using a combination of the mobile phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify the user’s location and field of view, retrieve data based on those geographical coordinates, and overlay that data over the camera view.

Have fun 😉

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