has become a GPS
replacement for many, and smartphones in general are quickly becoming powerful and smart enough to handle navigation duties. But if you have someone riding shotgun, there's obviously a lot of benefit to having a map on a larger display. The iPad already has a couple of GPS options, but one of the best on the iPhone is now being unified with the iPad in a recent release. Navigon's MobileNavigator app
has today been upgraded to version 1.7, and it includes a total of six new features.
Universal iPad integration, Zagat Survey, Active Lane Assistant, Map Reporter, enhanced Retina display support, and new user notifications are at the top of the upgrade list, and the graphics have also seen an upgrade to support the iPhone 4's Retina display. Below is an overview of the six new features, all of which are available today in the App Store for MobileNavigator US MyRegion apps (it will follow soon for the USA and North America versions). The upgrade is free of charge if you already own the app, while the in-app Zagat, Traffic Live and Panorama View 3D purchases can be made for $7.99, $19.99 and $9.99, respectively.
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
- Retina Display Support: Retina display adaptation
is further enhanced and now also shows the map, map fonts and POIs in
- 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.