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IFA 2011 News: Navigon Unveils Next Generation of Android Navigation Apps

Although all Android phones feature Google Maps and Navigation, there are some users out there that prefer third party navigation apps. Some of the third party navigation and mapping apps have more indepth features because these companies specialize in one thing, and that’s navigation.  Navigon is one of those companies, a trusted name in navigation.

Navigon announced today that their next generation of Navigation apps for Android will be available later this fall. Navigon says they have a new industry first approach to maps, map management and updates. They’ve also improved their user interface, making it more intuitive.

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Navigon’s next generation of Android navigation apps will feature:

  • 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.

“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.”

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