Navigon Plans MobileNavigator for iPhone
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 ends.
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.
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.