Navigon MobileNavigator Update hits the App Store

Navigon’s MobileNavigator has been available for around a year and a half, and as of today, has reached update number 7. MobileNavigator Version 1.7 will be available for the MyRegion versions today, and will come to the US and North America version in the very near future.

The upgrade pace that Navigon has established is pretty impressive when you look down the list of features, both paid and free, that they have added during the last year and a half. Every time it looks like the other major GPS apps in the App Store are going to get close to feature parity, Navigon one-ups them with another feature packed update of their own.

In its latest update, Navigon has added six new features: Full Universal iPad Support, Zagat Ratings Integration, Active Lane Assistant, Built-in Map Reporting, Retina Display Support, and User Notifications. I will be covering these new features in an upcoming review, but until then, check out Navigon’s press release below. Also note that Navigon is currently running a 30% off sale on all of their North American apps until January, 6, so if you are looking for a little stocking stuffer for an iPhone owner on your list, now is a good time to buy.

Navigon is also releasing a new app called help2park today, which is the first in a series of free, single-purpose apps. As its name implies, this app is meant to aid you in finding available parking near your current location. The press release for help2park is also included below.

NAVIGON Announces iPad Customization and Zagat Survey® Integration for iPhone Navigation App

Including a Total of Six New Functions, MobileNavigator Update 1.7.0 Also Adds Active Lane Assistant, Enhanced Retina Display Support, Map Reporter and User Notifications

Hamburg, Germany, December 16, 2010. NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced the seventh update for its iPhone app MobileNavigator, the most feature-rich navigation solution on the iPhone platform. The update adds a total of six new features and is already available now for all NAVIGON MobileNavigator US MyRegion apps. It will follow soon for the USA and North America versions. The update adds a total of six new features. MobileNavigator is now optimized to run natively on the iPad , making use of the larger display and the user interface of the device. Integration of Zagat Survey’s premium ratings and reviews for thousands of restaurants, and other leisure activities are available through an In App Purchase. The market first Active Lane Assistant shows drivers exactly which lane to choose in a moving on-screen animation. NAVIGON also adopted the app’s graphics to iPhone 4 Retina display. Further additions include a new Map Reporter function and the option for user notifications.

“NAVIGON’s updated version provides our over one million app users with the latest navigation technology from NAVIGON’s development labs,” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phones & new markets, NAVIGON. “By transforming MobileNavigator into a universal app, optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad, premium features and content offerings are available across platforms. Instead of having a separate app for the iPad, we decided to develop one app that runs natively across both devices without extra cost for our dedicated customers.”

MobileNavigator 1.7.0 brings the following additions to the NAVIGON iPhone app:

-Universal iPad Integration: NAVIGON is the first major GPS Company to make navigation universal; it now runs natively on the iPhone and the iPad. Users with MobileNavigator installed can use the app on both devices without extra charges. The app utilizes the iPad’s large display and user interface with a higher resolution, and new menus. Route planning is convenient on the iPad, showing a large scrollable, multi-touch map to select destinations in simple taps. Users can plan their routes at home on the iPad and then send them to their iPhone for navigation on the go. MobileNavigator can also be used for navigation on the iPad. Capitalizing on the large screen, the app demonstrates Reality View Pro and the map view side-by-side, providing an accurate overview of the way ahead. In-map elements such as direction arrows, Lane and Speed Assistant symbols are designed in proportion to the iPad display size.

-Zagat Survey: An In App Purchase offers access to Zagat’s signature ratings and reviews of over 40,000 restaurants, hotels, attractions, golf courses, nightspots and other leisure activities, based on the thoughts and opinions of a worldwide network of thousands of surveyors. Zagat has become the world’s most trusted source to help consumers make informed decisions about where to go. Zagat’s content is integrated into MobileNavigator’s point of interest search, so users can easily find locations within a city, state or nearby. A tap on the individual destination reveals further information such as ratings of the appeal, decor and service as well as prices, telephone numbers and the full review text.

-Active Lane Assistant: The market first feature Active Lane Assistant assists drivers with getting and staying in the correct lane by showing a live lane animation. Displayed in the lower right corner of the map view, the animation reflects the current lane configuration and allows drivers to see ahead. An orange line indicates the way the driver should follow. The optional feature can be switched on or off.

-Map Reporter: The new Map Reporter feature enables users with the power to store changed road names, new speed limits, and one-way streets and submit them to improve the accuracy of future maps. The information is checked, verified and then integrated into later map updates.

-Retina Display Support: Retina display adaptation is further enhanced and now also shows the map, map fonts and POIs in high resolution.

-User Notifications and Newsletter: The update now also allows users to receive on-screen messages with important information about MobileNavigator within the app. In addition, users can also sign up for a newsletter and receive exclusive offers and first hand information by email.

MobileNavigator transforms the iPhone into an inclusive navigation device that saves the maps on the phone and relies on the GPS receiver, independent from a cell or wireless signal. It is the most feature rich on-board navigation application, featuring premium functions such as Traffic Live, Clever Parking, Reality View Pro, Panorama View 3D, NAVIGON MyRoutes, Live Weather, Connection to Facebook and Twitter, branded in-route POI’s and much more. NAVIGON’s iPhone app has been the top-grossing app several times in 29 different App Stores around the globe, including the U.S.

Pricing and Availability
NAVIGON’s North American apps and selected In App Purchases are up to 30 percent off until January 6, 2011. The promotional offerings are below next to the regular prices.

Applications
MobileNavigator North America $59.99 (on sale for $44.99)
MobileNavigator USA: $49.99 (on sale for $34.99)
MobileNavigator Canada: $49.99 (on sale for $34.99)
MobileNavigator US MyRegion East, Central or West: $29.99, additional regions $14.99. (first region on sale for $24.99)

In App Purchases
Zagat Survey Ratings and Reviews: $7.99 (on sale for $5.99)
Traffic Live: $19.99
Panorama View 3D: $9.99

MobileNavigator 1.7.0 is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G and iPad 3G. The app also runs on first generation iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad WLAN, but third party accessories for GPS reception are required for these devices. *iOS4 multitasking is supported by the iPhone 4 and 3GS only.

For more information, please visit: www.navigon.com/iphone.

Find NAVIGON on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NAVIGON_US
Facebook: www.navigon.com/facebook
Flickr: www.navigon.com/flickr
YouTube: www.navigon.com/youtube

About Zagat Survey, LLC
Known as the “burgundy bible,” Zagat Survey is the world’s most trusted source for consumer-generated survey information. With a worldwide network of surveyors, Zagat rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories and is lauded as the “most up-to-date,” “comprehensive” and “reliable” guide, published on all platforms. Zagat content is available to consumers wherever and whenever they need it: on ZAGAT.com, ZAGAT.mobi, ZAGAT TO GO for smartphones, and in book form.

About NAVIGON:
NAVIGON AG is a world-leading provider of premium navigation technology. NAVIGON delivers software on mobile phone platforms and for the automotive industry as well as branded personal navigation devices. The company has partnerships with leading consumer electronics companies and stands for high quality products, innovation and elegant design. Founded in 1991, NAVIGON is present in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South Africa. – NAVIGON. And the world is yours.

NAVIGON Offers Free Single-Feature iPhone Apps in 2011
help2park is the First in a Series Throughout the Company’s 20th Anniversary Year

Hamburg, Germany, Decemberber 16, 2010- NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced a series of free single-feature apps for the iPhone in 2011, marking the company’s 20th anniversary. The applications deliver helpful functions for people on the go and are supported by Apple’s in-app advertising option . The first application, help2park, kicks off the line up today with more apps to follow in 2011. help2park assists in finding a parking space nearby and is available free of charge in the App Store.

“Over the past two decades, we have accrued a great deal of development and innovative navigation software knowledge,” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president of Worldwide Mobile Phone Business, NAVIGON. “One of the goals with the release of these free apps is to introduce new customers to the NAVIGON brand and ease of use with all our applications.”

Parking in a Tap!
The first application in the Search & Find category, help2park, kicks of the series and is now available in the App Store. The application helps drivers find a parking spot nearby, using a clean and easy to use interface. By gently touching a dial, users can set the radius they’d like to search in. Tapping a “P” symbol then opens a list of parking options, including addresses and distances from the current location. By changing the view, the spaces can also be shown on a map. If NAVIGON’s premium navigation app, MobileNavigator, is installed on the iPhone, drivers can guide directly to the parking space of their choice.

For more information, please visit: www.navigon.com/iphone.

Find NAVIGON on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NAVIGON_US
Facebook: www.navigon.com/facebook
Flickr: www.navigon.com/flickr
YouTube: www.navigon.com/youtube

About NAVIGON:
NAVIGON AG is a world-leading provider of premium navigation technology. NAVIGON delivers software on mobile phone platforms and for the automotive industry as well as branded personal navigation devices. The company has partnerships with leading consumer electronics companies and stands for high quality products, innovation and elegant design. Founded in 1991, NAVIGON is present in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South Africa. NAVIGON. And the world is yours.