We know that Google Maps has some updates in the works, however it looks like another maps app has also been updated. This other is from Skobbler and the updated app is currently available in the Google Play Store. The app is called GPS Navigation & Maps + offline, though some may recognize the Skobbler name from ForeverMap 2. Basically, in addition to adding new features, Skobbler also updated the name.
In an effort to answer the ‘why would I need a maps app when I already have Navigation’ question, one such reason would be the actual map data. You see, Skobbler uses OpenStreetMap, which is a free and editable map that has more than 1 million voluntary contributors. Sticking with this latest update though, the GPS Navigation & Maps + offline now has turn-by-turn navigation.
Other changes in this latest release also include the newest Skobbler NGx map engine and an additional free map update for users. The folks at Skobbler have also said this release brings “great improvements” to the overall stability. Anyway, those looking for an alternate map solution, or those who simply want to use something based on the OpenStreetMap data have two options available from Skobbler.
The GPS Navigation & Maps + offline app is priced at $ 1.00 and there is a trial available. Those looking to go the trial route first can download the GPS Navigation & Maps — light app from the Google Play Store. This app will have all the same features as the paid app, however some of those features will cut off after 14-days.
After the 14-day trial period, the app will lose navigation. After that point, Skobbler offers two options — upgrade to the paid version and retain all the features or continue using the light version without the navigation and offline support. Otherwise, additional features include ongoing updates, route planning for cars and pedestrians, search functionality, different modes for day or night and more.
Skobbler has had some success in the mobile mapping market, thanks in part to iOS’s historical first-party weakness in the area. But, with Apple offering its own solution and Google breaking Maps free from the OS-update chains, it’s facing a more difficult landscape in which to make its mark. So it only makes sense to beef up its offerings on other platforms, and Google-fans are reaping the benefits. An update to Skobbler’s Android app is finally adding the turn-by-turn directions and offline maps, which have been offered on the iOS edition for sometime. The full version has a starting price of just $ 1 (with one free map download), and the company is even offering a free light version for those who aren’t sure they want to part ways with a Washington (or a Sacagawea) just yet.
Interestingly, the update is actually an entirely new app called GPS Navigation & Maps +offline, though existing users of ForeverMap 2 will be able to upgrade for free. Navigation & Maps also makes the move to OpenStreetMap to provide data, which has both its problems and its perks. Going open source means that Skobbler can undercut competitors like TomTom and Navigon, but there are lingering questions about the accuracy of the database. You’ll find both the full version and the 14-day trial light edition at the source links if you’re looking for an alternative to Google Maps.
Google Glass Explorers looking for turn-by-turn directions and text messages to be displayed from the device must pair the wearable with an Android smartphone, and a companion app. But that could soon change, according to a TechCrunch report. When writer Frederic Lardinois went to pick up his Glass yesterday afternoon, a Google rep explained that the headset will soon be able to display directions and text messages within the device — in other words, you won’t need a smartphone to act as the middleman. You will, of course, still need to source your web connection through another device, unless there’s a WiFi hotspot around, but this new method will at very least enable a bit more functionality for iPhone users. It’s unclear whether Glass will also still need to pull GPS data from a synced handset, so don’t make any plans to ditch your smartphone just yet.
Voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation available for millions more people today on Google Maps for Android
The Google Maps team has taken to Google+ and announced the addition of voice navigation for 9 new countries today. Users in the following countries will be able to use the Google Maps app on their Android phone with the new (to them) feature, starting right now:
There was no word on when to expect the same for other locations, nor about how the process is done. We tend to take Google services for granted in Western Europe, and especially, North America, but for many folks Android devices are missing some of what makes them so special. We're glad to see Google address this issue, even if it's a bit slower than we would like.
Intel scored access to code for location-based services when it acquired Telmap, but it didn’t get the all-important location data needed to make the code sing. Rather than leave developers to find the content themselves, Telmap has struck a deal to get mapping information from TomTom. Navigation apps built around Telmap’s work will soon have access both to TomTom’s base maps as well as 3D maps, junctions, points of interest and voice mapping. While there’s no mention of exactly when TomTom data will show up, the union is characterized as a “long-term partnership” — we’d expect TomTom routing to quickly become a mainstay of Telmap’s platforms (and potentially Intel’s) in the near future.
Still have an old Kindle Touch sitting around? You have some new features to play with. Despite replacing it with a brighter son, Amazon is still updating its original touch sensitive e-reader — outfitting it with a new UI, enhanced parental controls and Whispersync for Voice, which shares bookmarks between audio and text versions of the same digital tome. Amazon’s improved the Kindle Touch shopping experience too, adding recommended content offers to users and remembering where they left off in a sample after they purchase the full text. Finally, the company injected the Kindle Touch with better comic and graphic novel navigation — allowing readers to view their funnybooks panel by panel, rather than by the full page alone. The update will be delivered wirelessly, though users that fancy their USB cable can install the new features the old fashioned way. Check out Amazon’s “what’s new with Kindle Touch” page for a run down of the update’s features.
While Google Maps is obviously one of the first apps that comes to mind when we talk about Android navigation, the folks from Garmin aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Today they’ve just announced some exciting news for their Android apps, including a much needed price cut. Both of their popular apps are now 25% off and we have all the details below.
While this is all about Android they’ve also lowered the price for that other smartphone brand too. Anyone looking to get Garmin’s apps for mobile will be happy to see the price decrease. Garmin StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone and NAVIGON for both iOS and Android is looking a little better right about now.
At the same time StreetPilot has teamed up with Glypse and has tons of new features with the latest update. Share locations, arrival times and much more has been included. That isn’t all either, they’ve also integrated Foursquare for those who love check-ins. You’ll be able to navigate to a destination, and easy check-in once you arrive all in app for a quick and seamless experience.
Garmin’s NAVIGON for Android got a nice little price drop, although we’re still not sure how much this will help sales at the moment. NAVIGON Android USA: $ 39.95 instead of $ 49.95 and for North America it will be $ 44.95 instead of $ 59.95. Still pretty steep if you ask us. For those who love Garmin get it today from the Google Play Store.
Once upon a time, Google Maps was an indispensable part of the iPhone experience, faithfully guiding users wherever they needed to go. Then, Apple decided to ditch Google’s cartography in favor of it’s own mapping system in iOS 6, sending the crowd in Mountain View scrambling to build a standalone solution. Well, tonight, all you iPhone folks can once again get Google telling you where to go (assuming you weren’t already using web-based Gmaps), as the much anticipated app has landed in the App Store. The best news? As was foretold, it’s brought turn-by-turn navigation along for the ride — we trust you won’t need Google (or us) to tell you where to find the download. There’s no iPad-optimized version yet (although it is iPhone 5 ready), hit the source link to download for iPhone now, check out the list of features and intro video after the break.
Update: Having trouble actually snagging it? We’ve had inconsistent results ourselves, probably due to the sheer number of people trying to access it at once. In the meantime, while you can keep hitting download, you could also take a minute or two off, tweet an “iTunes is using Apple Maps to find the Google Maps app” joke and try again later.
TomTom, one of the leaders in GPS navigation, has just dropped an update for its Android app. The update adds some new features, but the most important part of the update is that it adds support for more than 200 new Android devices. This means a ton of new people will be able to use the app to find their way from one place to another.
Some new devices include Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, and LG Optimus G. Other smartphones with a screen resolution between 800 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 800 pixels are also supported by the update. If you’ve been waiting to grab the TomTom app, but were unable to because your device was not supported, today just might be your lucky day.
The update also includes some important new features such as the ability to save map data to your device’s SD card. That map data can take up a ton of memory, and having it store to an SD card can save a ton of space in your phone. This should be a great feature for users of the app.
The last thing included in the update is an improvement to the way TomTom handles downloading map updates. The mechanism for downloading has been improved, which should streamline the process for users. Of course, the app is still very expensive when compared to the the standard cost of the apps on Google Play. However, when you compare it to the cost of a standalone GPS unit, it seems much more reasonable. You can download TomTom for your region from Google Play right now.
When TomTom for Android first appeared a couple of months back, support was limited to a few devices with WVGA displays, a move which excluded many of the most popular handsets. Today the app has been updated to version 1.1, bringing with it support for more devices, including those with higher-resolution screens.
The new version also includes the ability to save map data to the SD card rather than the app storage partition, and a redesigned driving view, which TomTom says is designed to make key information clearer and easier to read.
As devices go, we can confirm the latest version supports the Nexus 4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X+, RAZR i, Xperia T, RAZR/RAZR MAXX, Optimus 4X HD, HTC One X and One S, among others. Tablet support still seems to be a non-starter in this version, however, as the app refused to install on our Nexus 7 or various flavors of Galaxy Tab.
The update is live now on Google Play. Prices vary depending on where you live and which region you're buying, but typically each pack will set you back around £30 or $ 50.