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10/19/11

Full control over the maps: NAVIGON releases groundbreaking upgrade for Android app

The new version “NAVIGON for Android 4.0” is now available. With the new app, Android users can get regular map updates for the first time. What’s more, with “NAVIGON MyMaps” the maps can be conveniently managed on the mobile phone. This means that users can individually select their map material. Other innovations include three additional menu displays and a revised user interface. Furthermore, the application can be upgraded with optional functions, which can be purchased within the app itself. The application also runs on Android tablets using Honeycomb. In the promotion period until 2 November the software and map subscription are available at a reduced price.

Kasten_NAVIGON_Android4.0_ENHamburg, 19 October 2011 – NAVIGON presents version 4.0 of its app for Android: the update gives the application a new, flexible map concept like no other supplier on the market has ever provided. There are also many new functions and upgrade options. “The more individual users can adapt the navigation app to their personal needs, the better the application will be,” says Gerhard Mayr, Vice President World-Wide Mobile Phone Business at NAVIGON. “That is why we have designed the new version of our Android app in such a way that it can be upgraded with regularly updatable maps and other optional elements. The revised user interface and additional content make operation even easier and provide greater flexibility.”

NAVIGON brings its Latest Map Guarantee to the Android world

“NAVIGON for Android 4.0” is the first navigation solution for Android that offers the “Latest Map Guarantee”: following purchase of the NAVIGON app, customers get the latest map at the time of registration.

Select the right maps for the next trip

The “NAVIGON MyMaps” manager allows users to equip their application with exactly the maps they will need for their forthcoming tour, thus saving storage space for other content such as music or videos. Individual maps from the regional or EU packages can be selected. For the first time a map subscription is available for the navigation app via “NAVIGON FreshMaps XL”. For a one-off payment, users can download the latest map material every quarter for a minimum of two years. With the In App purchase users of a regional version – e.g. UK – additionally receive an upgrade to the EU 44 map material.

New menu displays and clearer user interface

NAVIGON for Android 4.0 brings additional information to the display screen with “NAVIGON Cockpit”. In the cockpit, navigation and off-road screens, the average speed, the current speed and acceleration data are all displayed. Time, speed and elevation values can be stored and accessed at a later date. In addition, NAVIGON has overhauled the user interface. As a result, the software optimally adapts to the size of the screen and is easier to operate. To provide a better overview, only the menus that are used most frequently are initially visible on smaller displays. If required, further menus can be easily dragged onto the screen. NAVIGON for Android 4.0 is compatible with the Android Honeycomb version and thus runs on corresponding tablets.

Additional functions and In-App options

NAVIGON_Android4.0_lowresFurther functions enhance the NAVIGON for Android 4.0 update: “Emergency Help” displays the current location and helps users find police stations, hospitals, pharmacies and filling stations. “Country Information” gives users country-specific details on things such as speed limits.  Thanks to new In-App options users can upgrade the app however they like: for travel fans and gastronomes there is now the “Michelin Restaurant and Hotel Guide” and the “Michelin Green Guide”.  In addition, the app can be upgraded with the Points of interest package: all in one, on various themes such as health or leisure activities, plus the add-ons “NAVIGON LPG and Biodiesel Filling stations” and “Mobile Safety Camera Live”. What’s more, “Traffic Live” is optionally available to all new customers.  All NAVIGON for Android 4.0 upgrades that are bought from Android Market can be conveniently paid using Google Checkout.

Prices and availability

The update for the full version and NAVIGON select is now available.  Existing customers can download the update free of charge from Android Market. Until 2 November new customers can purchase the Europe version for €47.95 (instead of €59.95) and the app with the regional maps for DACH for €39.95 (instead of €49.95). NAVIGON FreshMaps XL has the introductory price of €19.95 (instead of €29.95) for the Europe version. Users of the regional version pay €29.95 (instead of 39.95€) in the promotion period. This additionally gives them an upgrade to the map material of 44 European countries.

Further information about NAVIGON is available online: www.navigon.com. Alternatively please contact: presse@navigon.com. Up-to-date pictures can be downloaded from the media portal: www.navigon-partner-portal.com/presse (User name: presse; Password: navigonmedia).

1 With the release of the new app version, real-time traffic information is no longer part of the application’s basic
2 Due to technical reasons it is possible that the update of some versions might be available time-delayed.


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About NAVIGON AG – a GARMIN company:

The German company Navigon AG was founded in 1991 and is a leading supplier of satellite navigation devices. In July 2011, the company was acquired by Garmin Ltd. and operates as a fully-owned subsidiary. The Navigon brand offers mobile navigation devices (PNDs), smartphone navigation applications, and solutions for the automotive OEM industry.

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