Just a few weeks ago at Macworld | iWorld 2012, we launched new social features for the Garmin StreetPilot onDemand iPhone app. Today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, we announced new features for the NAVIGON smartphone apps. This includes a new Google Street View function for the iPhone version and an Active Lane Assistant for the Android app. Furthermore, the NAVIGON app will soon also be available for Samsung Bada phones and the Cisco Cius enterprise tablet.
Google Street View and Active Lane Assistant
Available later this spring, the new Google Street View feature for the NAVIGON iPhone app provides users a street-level image of their destination before starting a route, helping, for example, to identify a specific building upon arrival. NAVIGON Android user will be able to enjoy a whole range of new features that are included in an upcoming app update, such as the Active Lane Assistant, helping drivers prepare to make an upcoming exit or turn by providing an animated lane map complete with arrows and actual road geometry; a NAVIGON Widget that allows users to access certain functions of the app directly from the phone’s home screen, searching for a point of interest nearby for example; Bluetooth support for voice announcements; and a Traffic Check function, an easy to read at-a-glance gauge graphic that appears after route calculation alerting drivers of traffic conditions.
Soon also available for Bada and the Cisco Cius tablet
The NAVIGON app will soon also be available for Samsung’s operating system Bada. It will run on the Samsung Wave 3 and is planned to launch this summer in Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand. Included are premium navigation features such as spoken turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic rerouting, lane guidance and multiple route options. Available in the Samsung app store, the North America and Australia/New Zealand versions will sell for $49.95 and the European version for 49.95 euros.
In partnership with Cisco, users of the Cius business tablet will shortly be able to download the NAVIGON navigation app from the market place Cisco AppHQ. The onboard app saves the maps on the device, so navigation will work entirely without a data connection. The NAVIGON app will roll out in the U.S. first and later become available in Europe, Australia, Japan and China.
Find details about Garmin’s other smartphone apps for a wide variety of activities at http://garmin.com/apps.