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15.02.10

NAVIGON brings Android users independent orientation

NAVIGON MobileNavigator will also be available for smartphones with Android operating system from Spring 2010. This award-winning onboard application guarantees users reliable navigation independent from the mobile network. At the same time, the software provides tomorrow’s technologies today to a growing number of users.

Android-MainmenuHamburg, 15 February 2010 – NAVIGON expands the onboard range for smartphones and will be offering MobileNavigator for Android operating systems from Spring 2010. In this way, the market-leader continues its strategy of enabling mobile phone users the use of navigation systems independent of mobile networks. The Android smartphone operating system has been on the market since 2008 and further new devices are expected for 2010. The US market research organisation Gartner predicts that this open source system will see 7-fold growth by 2012.1 “Today, our award-winning software, MobileNavigator, already offers tomorrow’s technologies for a wide range of mobile phone operating systems. For example, we recently integrated a connection to social media platforms like Facebook or twitter for iPhones“, says Gerhard Mayr, Vice President World-Wide Mobile Phone Business at NAVIGON. “And now, Android users too are reaping the long-term benefits of our know-how. In this way, we are making premium level navigation available to an increasing number of users.”

As reliable as a PNA – and always ready to go
MobileNavigator for Android (versions 1.5 to 2.1) equips numerous smartphones like the T-Mobile Pulse, the Nexus One or the HTC Magic with onboard navigation. As the map data are stored on the smartphone, the navigation system has no need to connect to any mobile network. This means there are no long loading times or additional roaming costs. In addition to this, established NAVIGON features transform mobile phones into dependable companions. The map view function Reality View ProTM shows users motorway exits and signs in schematic, realistic 3-D quality. The display switches automatically from day- to night mode and also offers an option for showing the map display in portrait or landscape format when required. At the same time, the software achieves a frame rate of up to 8 fps (frames per second) in map mode to ensure a clear and jitter-free display.2 Alongside the visual features, smart aids such as Lane Assistant and Speed Assistant provide additional support to ensure a safe driving style. Precise spoken announcements explain the next scheduled navigation procedure.3

Kasten Android EnglischSimple operation
MobileNavigator integrates seamlessly into the Android operating system and bundles the platform characteristics for intuitive user guidance. Smart address input suggests meaningful combinations of characters – this makes operating simpler and speeds up route planning. In addition, the programme enables direct access to phone book contacts. “Driving in traffic is becoming increasingly complex while, at the same time, people have less and less time to spare,” says Gerhard Mayr. “Our MobileNavigator provides our customers with greater flexibility to safely master the challenges of day-to-day mobility.”

MobileNavigator for smartphones with Android operating systems will be available as a download at the Android Marketplace within the next few weeks. The software will be available with an attractive discount to celebrate its market launch: The introductory price will be only €49.95 for the regional version for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and €74.95 for the European version. NAVIGON also offers a 30-days, full software ‘Try & Buy’ option without any obligation to buy.4
 

Compatible devices

HTC Hero
HTC Magic
Google Nexus One
Huawei U8220
Motorola Droid
Motorola Milestone
Samsung GT-i5700 Galaxy Spica
Samsung GT-i7500 Galaxy
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
T-Mobile G2 Touch
T-Mobile G1
T-Mobile Pulse
 

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1 Source www.chip.de 7 October 2009, amongst others

2 Average fps values vary according to the respective hardware, the mean value of 8 fps applies to high-performance smartphones like the Nexus One.

3 Available in German, English, French, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Danish and Dutch

4 The ‘Try & Buy’ option applies to both the regional and the European versions. Potential buyers can search all addresses and view all maps during the trial period. Navigation is limited to only one country until the software is purchased.
 

 

Please find further information regarding NAVIGON online or contact us directly: www.navigon.com and presse@navigon.com.

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About NAVIGON:
NAVIGON AG is a world-leading manufacturer of high-quality navigation systems from Germany. With its own portable navigation devices and thanks to partnerships with reputable consumer electronics manufacturers NAVIGON stands for premium quality GPS software for pocket PCs, PNDs und mobiles. Furthermore NAVIGON offers professional navigation solutions such as driver assistance components for the automotive OEM market. NAVIGON was established in 1991 and has more than 400 employees. Subsidiaries can be found in Asia, Europe and North America. - NAVIGON. And the world is yours.
 

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