I am really hoping that RIM finally steps up sometime this year and turns BlackBerry Traffic into a full fledged GPS app. Until then DavidB pointed out to us that RIM has added a feature in the latest versions of BlackBerry Traffic 2.0 available in the Beta Zone which makes it worth trying out the beta. This new version adds what RIM calls “Next Maneuver” guidance which essentially shows you on screen what you need to do next compared to the nothing shown in v1.3. It sadly does not show you this on a map while tracking your location but hopefully that is coming in Version 3.0?
I am not sure if RIM is going to gloss over this feature because they don’t want carriers to think they are encroaching on their very profitable navigation business. Personally I think RIM really needs to do what Google did with Android and make a full fledged GPS app preloaded on the BlackBerry. At the very least they could simply combine BlackBerry Maps and BlackBerry Traffic. The latter already needs the former installed to work!
As we said before you can pick up this latest BlackBerry Traffic v184.108.40.2065 in the Beta Zone if you are eligible. Let us know if you spot anything else!