NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, has announced the second generation of its award-winning navigation app for the iPhone will be available this spring.
The new version redefines core elements of smartphone navigation, including an industry first approach to map management and updates as well as an even more effortless and intuitive user interface. Current iPhone users are eligible for free upgrade to the new version.
“Over the last two years, we’ve continuously added new features to our iPhone navigation app, transforming it into the most feature-rich smartphone GPS app available,” says Gerhard Mayr, NAVIGON VP of worldwide mobile phones and new markets.
“For the next generation, we went back to the drawing board to see how we could elevate our iPhone app 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.”
NAVIGON’s new MyMaps function allows users to pick which map regions to download to their device. Users who, for example, own the South Africa version can select the countries (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia) they want immediately and download additional regions at a later time. This ability prolongs memory, as 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.
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. The next generation of NAVIGON’s iPhone app 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.