August 19, 2010 in Navigation (E)
[prMac.com] Berlin, Germany - After a solid seven figure investment by angel investors and fending off a lawsuit by former parent company Navigon, Skobbler releases an update to its popular and free turn-by-turn navigation system for the iPhone that incorporates a completely new user interface, full iOS4 compatibility, and significant stability improvements.
Coming into an established industry like the world of GPS Navigation companies and trying to make your mark is a difficult challenge, one that upstart Berlin development company Skobbler took on with a vengeance. With little initial funding and nothing but a good idea, Skobbler went out and rocked the navigation establishment by giving away the golden goose, a free turn by turn navigation application for the iPhone that rivals the core features of the $20+ apps already on the market.
After more than 350,000 downloads worldwide, a resounding win in a lawsuit against former parent company Navigon and a fresh round of venture investment, Skobbler has put its positive momentum to good use by further developing and significantly improving its free iPhone navigation app. As well as offering full compatibility with Apple’s iOS4 firmware, Skobbler 3.0 now delivers new levels of performance in a number of key areas.
Added to its features is an update to the user interface for the US market which includes a more intuitive format for the input of destinations. The Skobbler Navigation app has been upgraded to utilize the full set of iOS4 features including the ability to multi-task, allowing drivers to run other useful apps while driving running Skobbler in the background. For safety reasons, Skobbler recommends that multi-tasking is only used while the vehicle is stopped, or by passengers.
In addition to the Apple versions, Skobbler is set to release in the Android Marketplace within the month and is continueing to develop additional features into the Skobbler navigation app. Besides, skobbler will release several completely new geo-related apps during the upcoming weeks.
About OpenStreetMap (OSM)
OSM is a free open source project that follows a crowdsourcing approach (it is often called the “Wikipedia of maps”). The OSM mappers constantly add new free information to the map and continuously improve its quality. New streets and points of interest are added by the minute and displayed on the OSM map. There are currently already more than 250,000 registered mappers around the world and numbers are rapidly increasing. Since 2004, the number of registered mappers has increased ten-fold every 18 months.
* US English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 3.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Skobbler 3.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.
Berlin-based Skobbler has been independently developing navigation software for mobile phone platforms since 2008. Skobbler’s management team has a wealth of industry experience due to their former management positions at renowned navigation provider NAVIGON AG, a company which was founded by current Skobbler CEO Peter Scheufen. Skobbler focuses on creating smart products for mobile phones which provide their users with both orientation and fun on the OpenStreetMap. The Skobbler navigation app has been one of the top-selling applications in Germany since its market launch. Skobbler switched to using OpenStreetMap data in March 2010. Copyright (C) 2010 Skobbler. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.