NAVIGON AG, a key player in mobile phone on-board navigation, announced a new version of their award-winning navigation app for Android and other platforms. Due this fall, the overhauled app features a new user interface, Zagat ratings and reviews, and a new way to download and manage maps. Rather than simply releasing the same version across multiple mobile platforms, NAVIGON has custom-built the experience for each release. For instance, the Android version features a ‘cockpit’ function that displays real-time driving data, which allows enthusiasts to monitor driving behaviors.
There is no hard date as to when to expect the new software release or how much it will cost. NAVIGON does indicate, however, that it will be a free upgrade to existing Android users.
- New Map Management and Update Capabilities
NAVIGON’s new MyMaps function allows users to pick which map regions to download to their device*. Users who, for example, own the USA version can select the states they want immediately and download additional regions at a later time. This ability prolongs memory; since users store only the maps they need on their device. In addition, NAVIGON FreshMaps offers quarterly map updates. The new map updating service uses trusted, field-verified, and quality-controlled map and points of interest updates from NAVTEQ to ensure the most accurate maps possible. Users can keep their maps accurate and reliable by receiving quarterly map updates for a one-time fee for the lifetime of the product.
- Simplified User Interface
Navigation has become more complex over the past several years, so NAVIGON redesigned its user interface to provide a better overview and making it easier to use. Each application is customized for its operating system to provide the best possible experience on each platform. The next generation of NAVIGON’s iPhone app, for example, allows users to easily switch between different pages with animated menus and new multi-touch user gestures. In addition, it’s easy to rotate and zoom maps in any direction when in 3D mode and tap points of interest on the map to instantly add them to a route.
- Additional Features
NAVIGON’s next generation of apps also includes new features not found in other navigation apps. The new Android app, for example, features Zagat’s ratings and reviews as an in-app purchase, turning Android devices into detailed travel guides and a cockpit function that displays real-time driving data, allowing enthusiasts to monitor driving behaviors.