As Hurricane Sandy looms over the East Coast, there is certainly an urgency for those that are about to feel the brunt of its effects (including myself in New Jersey) to become better-prepared for blackouts, emergencies, and every Sandy-originating issue in between. Smartphones are an essential part of that preparation, although many will overlook necessities that could make a major difference as Sandy hits.
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German-based app developer, Skobbler, has just introduced an interesting way to offer turn by turn directions on your iPhone without charging the user. According to the iTunes page, Skobbler doesn't cost a dime... no trial period, no in-app purchase, no subscription. So how are they able to accomplish this, when most other navigation apps are more than $50? Skobbler relies on the users to keep the map information up to date, wikipedia style. If a user notices an error on the map, they report it directly from Skobbler. Corrections and updates can also be made from various web editors as well. Updates are then pushed to iPhone users in real-time.
We're not sure how this app would compare to some of the higher priced options, but for the non-existing price of admission, it's well worth checking out.
On Tuesday, GPS software outfit MapQuest announced on their blog that version 1.5.1 of MapQuest 4 Mobile for iPhone [App Store, Free] now incorporates a voice guidance feature within the app. The feature uses a voice to guide the user through directions and then confirms the directions once a turn has been made.
Other new features include Off-Route Assistance and Twin Tap to Zoom Out.
Yesterday Navigon AG announced the launch of Navigon MyRegion [App Store, $24.99], the company's new iPhone navigation app that allows users to purchase only the region they need instead of a more expensive, full US map. Access to the first region is available an introductory price of $24.99 (normally $29.99) until April 12th with no hidden charges or additional monthly fees. Additional regional maps can be accessed as an In App Purchase for an introductory $12.99 (normally $14.99) MobileNavigator with map access for all of North America (including Eastern, Central and Western U.S. as well as Canada) is available for $79.99.
Navigon MyRegion includes all the features and capabilities as MobileNavigator 1.4 plus Navigon MyRoutes, which will be added to MobileNavigator North America via an upcoming update to 1.5.0 due this spring. Navigon MyRoutes is feature that learns from the users driving style to provide customized and better route recommendations. The feature also offers up to two alternative routes clearly displayed on a map including ETA, distance and driving time.
Today TomTom released another impressive update for its iPhone app, including optional traffic updates (via in-app purchase) plus a slew of new features, such as Google local search, pinch to zoom, automatic day/night mode, and music fading for voice directions. The update is free to existing users, and the app is now $30 cheaper for U.S. and Canada.
The list of new features follows the break.
TomTom announced this week that version 1.3 of the TomTom iPhone app has been submitted for consideration to the App Store. The new version will include real-time traffic speed and incident reports, local search powered by Google, as well as some other tweaks and improvements. The update will be free for all previous owners, although we're not sure if TomTom plans to charge for the traffic data.
Navigon AG today released an update to it's incredibly successful turn-by-turn GPS navigation app, MobileNavigator [App Store, $59.99]. Version 1.4 brings a large number of improvements, including quicker start-up times and the ability to search for destinations using Google Local Search. Other improvements include a turn-by-turn route list, access to contact groups, and the ability to zoom in and out while navigating.
TomTom today released TomTom U.S.A. [App Store, $49.99], a U.S.-only version of its turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new version seems to be identical in function to its U.S. & Canada predecessor [App Store, $99.99], only it's $50 cheaper and leaves out the Canada part.
In addition to the cheaper price tag, the new version is slightly slimmer than the plus-Canada version, at 1.18 GB, as opposed to 1.30 GB. It should also be noted that the $49.99 price tag is an introductory offer which will end on December 28th. The full, non-sale price is not known.
ALK Technologies announced yesterday that their GPS navigation app, CoPilot Live [App Store, $24.99], has been updated to include Live Traffic Information, Live Local Internet Search and Live Fuel Prices via In-App Purchase. The new services are available as a single package which costs $19.99 and includes 12 months of service. Additionally ALK has decided to continue their holiday promotion, keeping the app at $24.99 until the end of December.