Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

Summary: There are times when you need to use GPS navigation without a connection and Navigon will be launching their latest software on Windows Phone soon.

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I have been using the Bing Maps navigation functionality in Windows Phone Mango on my devices and it is decent. However, the fact that you have to tap to hear each turn is lame. I look forward to seeing what Nokia brings to the table with their navigation solution, but at this time that is a big unknown on Windows Phone. One new application we do know will provide an excellent navigation experience, with offline mapping support, is NAVIGON for WP7 that is coming soon.

I've used NAVIGON in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it on iPhone and Android devices. WPCentral has a few details on this new version that runs on Mango and takes advantage of the new Mango features. The following statement appears in their press release:

NAVIGON’s premium navigation app soon will be available for Windows Phone 7 users. The app includes many signature features that have made NAVIGON’s apps successful on Android devices and the iPhone, including on-board maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information and rerouting, among many other features. NAVIGON’s new app runs on Windows Phone 7.5 and also takes advantage of new features made available to developers with this new release. These features include the augmented reality function Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot; an option to select address information directly from the phone’s contact list; and the ability to save a favorite or home address as a shortcut on the start screen.

I like that they are offering full support for a walking mode with their Reality Scanner too since I often use GPS navigation solutions when traveling in new cities and often that is on foot. Their lane assistant is also one of my favorite features since there are some confusing highways out there. I plan to get this on my Windows Phone Mango device as soon as it is released.

They also announced updates to their Android and iPhone apps that include new map management from a web browser, redesigned user interface, and much more so if you have the app on those platforms go check for the free update.

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

    I'm anticipating a lot more of these big name apps making announcements for WP 7.5 since 7.5 offers 1500 new API's.<br>Can't wait for Skype!<br><br>For those of you on WP7.5 currently, go download the "Now" app and check out how awesome the multitasking / fast resume is.... Very nice. I've contacted several developers for some of my highly used apps, asking them when are they going to release a mango compiled version. All of them said within 1 month from now.<br><br>It's all starting to come together now....<br>Now we need some retail support so people will properly be informed.
    mikroland2.0
    • Joy to the World

      Windows Phone is just eye-popping joy! There is music everywhere! There'll be swingin', swayin', and records playin' and dancing in the streets! Yahoo! Whoopie!
      Robert Hahn
  • RE: Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

    Which "now" app... I have the beta 2 and have no clue which app are you speaking about.
    Duk3togo
  • RE: Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

    I believe Garmin will be even better once they put out their Mango version of the Pilot....Garmin Street Pilot already has lane assistant and it is definitely helpful.
    chet1960
    • Garmin bought Navigon

      @chet1960 Garmin bought Navigon in June 2011 so I doubt there will be two different apps for Windows Phone. They will hopefully combine the best of both for a super app.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • RE: Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) Thanks Matt for that information...I did not know and I hope also that the combination will bring a superb app.
        chet1960
  • RE: Navigon bringing offline GPS navigation to Windows Phone

    The one thing I would note is that even if Garmin is improved a lot with Mango I still might go with the Navigon because at least they went with the Metro theme.
    chet1960