If count yourself among the many iOS users complaining about the loss of Google Street View from the built-in Maps app in iOS 6, then you are in luck. Navigon has beaten Google to the punch, adding this feature to its very popular MobileNavigator line of turn-by-turn navigation apps. They have integrated Street View directly into the navigation process, showing your destination before you start your route, and again as you are ready to arrive. So if you want to get Google Street View working inside a REAL navigation app, look no further than MobileNavigator.
As well as also adding a new Cockpit view, as well as Manual Route Blocking, Navigon is also running one of their big holiday sales until 6/16/2012. At $19.99, the MyRegion version of MobileNavigator is one of the best values you find in iOS navigation. It buys you a powerful and expandable app from a reputable vendor (Navigon is now owned by Garmin), who has been consistently committed to rolling out new updates and features for over three years now.
I’ve been using Navigon’s MobileNavigator North America for 3 years, and despite a few nice new features in the iOS 6 version of Maps (I am running the beta), it remains one of my go-to apps to this day. It is feature-packed, powerful, polished, and highly customizable. If you have been playing with iOS or Android’s built-in “toys” or messing around with some crippled freeware apps, and you’re ready to take a step up to a more serious tool, I highly recommend MobileNavigator.
NAVIGON iPhone navigation app update adds Google Street View, Cockpit function and more
A new version of the NAVIGON iPhone navigation app is now available in the App Store, right in time to guide travelers through the Fourth of July travel period. The free update 2.1 includes Google Street View, NAVIGON Cockpit (in app purchase), manual route blocking and other functions. Additionally, the NAVIGON apps for iPhone and selected in app purchases will be available at a reduced price until July 16, 2012.
Here’s a rundown of the new functionalities included in version 2.1 of the NAVIGON iPhone app:
Google Street View
When using in-car navigation, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right building at your destination, especially if one can’t recognize the house number without leaving the car. The new Google Street View function of the NAVIGON app provides users a street-level image of their destination before starting a route, helping, for example, to identify a specific building upon arrival. Users can even look at a full screen 360° view to get a better understanding of their destination’s surrounding. Shortly before arriving at the destination, the Google Street View image slides in again, making it easier to identify the correct location.
A new Cockpit function displays relevant driving data in real time on a cockpit-like screen. Captured data includes gForce (current and maximum value), speed, horizontal and vertical position, and an adjustable speed and altitude graph. Drivers can use this information to see a snapshot of their driving habits. Also included is a dedicated off-road screen with compass and altitude information for off-road driving. NAVIGON Cockpit is available as an in app purchase for $5.99.
Manual Route Blocking
The new and easy to use manual route blocking function allows users to view their route on a map and block certain sections of it by simply tapping them. The app will then automatically calculate an alternative route. This feature is available in route planning mode and during navigation and allows users to better customize their route according to their own preferences. This is especially helpful when navigating in familiar territory, since users can avoid going through a certain city or taking a highway they’d like to navigate around.
In response to customer feedback, we improved the start-up time and map rendering performance of the NAVIGON app. Zooming and panning in the map view is now faster as well.
Also included in the app update are enhanced iPad retina display graphics and an optimized map manager interface with new controls for downloading and deleting maps.
Price reductions for a limited time
The North American NAVIGON apps and in app purchases are available at a reduced price until July 16, 2012.
NAVIGON USA: $29.99 instead of $49.99
NAVIGON North America: $39.99 instead of $59.99
NAVIGON MyRegion: $19.99 instead of $29.99
NAVIGON FreshMaps USA: $14.99 instead of $39.99
NAVIGON FreshMaps North America: $9.99 instead of $19.99
NAVIGON FreshMaps MyRegion: $19.99 instead of $49.99
NAVIGON Cockpit: $3.99 instead of $5.99