It looks like TomTom
won’t be the only manufacturer offering a GPS app
for the iPhone. Navigon recently announced plans to offer two GPS applications
for the iPhone this summer. One version of the Navigon app will offer turn by
turn directions as well as many of the high-end features found on a portable
navigation device such as views of highway signs at complex intersections and
lane guidance. The Lite version of the software will offer map views and points
of interest but no turn by turn directions.
Michael Hoffman, head of Navigon's corporate communications,
claims Navigon will be the first provider of a navigation application for the
iPhone. In fact, the application is ready for launch and should be available
the day after OS 3.0 becomes available.
The Navigon iPhone app will be a version of Navigon’s
MobileNavigator. This software can display points of interest along a path and
also offers day and night modes. By turning the iPhone 90 degrees, the display
will switch from landscape to portrait mode. With MobileNavigator, you’ll be
able to navigate to any address saved in your contact list. Should you receive
a call while navigating, the navigation will automatically resume when the call
Navigon exited the U.S. personal navigation market recently,
but the company continues to supply devices overseas. The company plans to
provide GPS applications for the Android platform. It is also looking into the
possibility of supporting the new Palm Pre. Navigon currently offers navigation
software for Windows Mobile and Symbian devices.
Pricing for the full featured version of Navigon’s
MobileNavigator has not been announced. There will be separate U.S. and
Canadian versions. The Lite version is expected to be offered at no charge. The
app from Navigon will require an iPhone 3G with the Apple 3.0 OS or the new
iPhone 3G S.
It’s been reported that TeleNav also plans to develop an
iPhone app. No delivery date for the TeleNav app has been given. TeleNav
currently has partnerships with several wireless providers, including AT&T,
who markets the software on several of its handsets under the AT&T
Navigator brand. This service from AT&T requires a monthly subscription
fee. Some have speculated that TeleNav may be planning a similar partnership
with AT&T for the iPhone.