Navigon bringt vollwertige App für Winows Phone

Ein großer Kritikpunkt an Winows Phone 7 war und ist das Fehlen einer wirklich vernünftigen Navigationslösung. Mit dem Mango-Update bessert Microsoft die Karten-App zwar in dieser Hinsicht nach, doch leider nur mehr schlecht als recht.

Nun hat sich endlich der große Navi-Hersteller Navigon dazu entschlossen, parallel zu dem für Telekom Kunden verfügbaren Navigon Select eine für alle zugängliche, mit allen wichtigen Features ausgestattete App zu veröffentlichen. Diese wird verfügbar sein, wenn das Mango-Update offiziell veröffentlicht wird, denn das Navi benötigt einige der neuen Funktionen so wie z.B. den direkten Zugriff auf die Kamera und den Kompass.

Folgene Features sollen neben den Standardfunktionen in er App enthalten sein:

  • Auf das Telefon herunterladbare Karten
  • App und Kartenupate unabhängig voneinander
  • Kartenupdates vierteljährlich, kostenpflichtig
  • Augmented Reality Funktion „Reality Scanner“ zum Anzeigen nahegelegener Sehenswürdigkeiten

Ein Preis wurde noch nicht genannt, allerdings werde ich mir die App als zufriedener Navigon Kunde ziemlich sicher kaufen, und ihr?

Update: Hier noch zwei vielverprechende Fotos und de offizielle Pressemitteilung:



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BERLIN, Sep 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of
mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced the second generation of its
award-winning navigation apps for Android devices and the iPhone will be
available this fall. The new versions redefine core elements of smartphone
navigation, including an industry first approach to map management and updates,
an even more effortless and intuitive user interface, and new features not found
in any other navigation app. Current Android and iPhone users are eligible for
free upgrades to the new versions. In addition, NAVIGON is making its successful
navigation app available for Windows Phone 7 later this year.

„Over the last two years, we’ve continuously added new features to our
navigation apps, transforming them into the most feature-rich smartphone GPS
apps available,“ said Gerhard Mayr, NAVIGON vice-president of worldwide mobile
phones and new markets. „For our new generation of apps, we went back to the
drawing board to see how we could elevate smartphone navigation to the next
level. Feedback from our users suggests that a better way to manage and update
maps and a more intuitive user interface are top priorities.“

Next Generation Android and iPhone Navigation Apps

NAVIGON’s navigation apps for Android devices and the iPhone include the
following new features:

— 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

— 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.

* Downloading map regions requires a WIFI connection.

Windows Phone 7 App Coming Soon

NAVIGON’s premium navigation app soon will be available for Windows Phone 7
users. The app includes many signature features that have made NAVIGON’s apps
successful on Android devices and the iPhone, including on-board maps, spoken
turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information and
rerouting, among many other features. NAVIGON’s new app runs on Windows Phone
7.5 and also takes advantage of new features made available to developers with
this new release. These features include the augmented reality function Reality
Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby
destinations while on foot; an option to select address information directly
from the phone’s contact list; and the ability to save a favorite or home
address as a shortcut on the start screen.

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About NAVIGON AG — a GARMIN company:

Germany-based NAVIGON AG was founded in 1991 and is a leading supplier of
satellite navigation products. In July 2011, the company was acquired by Garmin
Ltd. and operates as a fully-owned subsidiary. The NAVIGON brand offers mobile
navigation devices (PNDs), smartphone navigation applications, and solutions for
the automotive OEM industry.

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