April 24, 2014

TeleNav announces web-based HTML 5 navigation tools for developers

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Telenav today announced that their “Scout for Apps” HTML5 voice-guided GPS navigation service is now available for developers.  If you’re a development firm or independent startup looking to integrate free, turn-by-turn, voice-guided GPS navigation, this is where you’ll want to start.  Whether creating for mobile or desktop experience, these  HTML5 tools will ensure that users have a seamless experience from a trusted source.

Telenav already has a number of developers who have pledged use of the new service, starting with Avantar’s Yellow Pages app (iOS).  Down the road we can expect to see similar strategies employed by AroundMe, Life360 and WedVite.  What’s more, Telenav has integrated the Scout for Apps feature directly into their own site, Scout.me.  Visitors to the website can send locations and directions to themselves or a friend via email or text, or sharing it via Facebook or Twitter.

“Previously, when users clicked on an address in our Yellow Pages app, we provided a standard map experience to help users get to their desired destinations,” said Adrian Ochoa, CEO of Avantar. “Now with Scout for Apps, our customers will receive full-blown turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions, and they will never have to leave our app to get those directions and guidance. We love being able to offer this type of service on our platform.”

We had a chance to see Scout in action back at CES and very anxious to see these tools roll out to new and existing applications. Currently optimized for iOS devices, we were pleased with the functions and features.  And while we saw a demo of Scout performed on an Android handset, Telenav is not quite ready to make any official announcements.

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