Google Navigation is gone!?!

Wow, my phone gave me a little scare this morning!  I got up early to get ready for a day-trip we’re going on today to a place I haven’t been before, so I was going to check Google Navigation to see how long it will take to get there, and it was gone!!  After some digging and not finding the icon anywhere on my phone, I remembered that I was able to always get to it from Google Maps as well.  So then I looked for Google Maps.  Luckily, THAT one was still there.  And there it was, now apparently embedded within Google Maps.  Upon further googling, I found that it has ALWAYS been integrated in Google Maps, they just provided a separate icon to go directly to the Navigation feature.  Sheesh.  So why take away the icon?  Why not leave it and just have it launch the same app?  Nevermind, I use Nova Launcher so I can actually do that myself.

It looks good though.  I love the new features so far.  Since Google bought Waze (the only other navigation app I really like) it looks like they just integrated a lot of the features of Waze into Maps now.  I’ll see how it does today, on our trip.  I’ll be using it like crazy today.  Now I can’t wait to see if they include the “goodies” pickups and points from Waze over the holidays, and what they actually do with the Waze app itself!

UPDATE: 7/14/13 – Well, our day trip is over.  I used the new navigation in Google Maps a great deal yesterday, and I must say, something is wrong with it.  It’s “glitchy”.  The entire time, as I drove, the map objects were flickering and jumping from place to place on the screen.  This included the road and building text as well as some of the background graphic blocks, like grass sections.  Sometimes large blocks covering large chunks of the screen, like from top to bottom of the right third of the screen would just start flashing rapidly.  It made it very annoying and hard to use.  I tried a photo reboot, and also closed all other apps, but nothing helped.  I hope there’s an update soon to fix this.  It’s really intolerable, and I’ll have to go back to using Waze until they fix it.

Knee Surgery and Harmony Agony

Well, my Knee Surgery is tomorrow. I’m a little nervous, but I’m glad the ordeal will finally be over and I will hopefully soon be able to walk normally, without all the pain. The surgery seems fairly common, and I (and my doctor) don’t foresee any complications, and I should be able to go home the same day.  Within a week I’m supposed to be able to put full weight back on it again, but Physical Therapy will have to continue beyond that.

I’ve been working on perfecting my new Harmony 720 Remote. I got it pretty cheap in the bargain bin at Walmart recently. Sheesh, Logitech’s software really sucks major booty though! Even with the latest version you still can’t re-order your devices the way you want. I’ve had an older Harmony model for a couple years now, and the software has improved a little, but it’s still very hard to use, and not very user-friendly.  Asking online only results in everyone saying that the Harmony remotes are activity-based, and the Device list rearranges itself based on whatever activity you choose. Arrrrrgh. It’s so customizable…yet missing this one seemingly simple feature that I crave… Very frustrating. My setup is too unique to use the Activities, which requires you to ALWAYS use the remote (for powering on and off everything, etc.) and it remembers the state every device is in at all times.  But some of us in the house turn the power of things on and off on the devices themselves once in awhile, and others use the remote most of the time, so it renders the device status memory useless. I love using just the devices with my customized buttons, and it works great, the only little thing I still want is just to be able to re-order the devices so my most-used ones are on the first page. I’m up to 11 devices. Anyone else got a Harmony?