skobbler Introduces the Industry's First Hybrid Navigation App for iOS

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[prMac.com] Berlin and New York - skobbler announces today the release of GPS Navigation 2, the industry's first universal, online-offline ("hybrid") navigation app for iPhones and 3G-equipped iPads. Powered by the dynamic open-source mapping project, OpenStreetMap, skobbler's GPS Navigation 2 delivers the most versatile voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation product currently available on iOS devices without a monthly subscription.

Hybrid Functionality:
GPS Navigation 2 now affords users the ability to switch between online or offline navigation depending on their particular circumstances. Available on the iTunes App Store for just $0.99, users receive unrestricted online turn-by-turn navigation and audiovisual advisory.

Offline navigation, available through in-app purchase of territory maps, opens the door to faster and even more reliable results as the app leverages only the device's GPS, functioning entirely independent of network connectivity. GPS Navigation 2's offline mode recalculates routes up to 10 times faster than standard navigation apps as the heavy lifting is done locally on the device, as opposed to via the over-the-air network.

Once a territory map is purchased, skobbler's unique in-app purchase system allows users the freedom to install, uninstall, or reinstall maps at any time ensuring a device's storage capacity is never being occupied unnecessarily. Users purchase access to maps of countries, continents or the entire world, and load specific territories onto devices to unlock GPS Navigation 2's full hybrid functionality.

True Bargain - No Subscriptions:
Thanks to Skobbler's implementation of OpenStreetMap, GPS Navigation 2 is available to users without any monthly subscription fee common to most navigation apps in the US App Store. The complete online version of GPS Navigation 2 is currently available just $0.99 on the iTunes App Store. Premium features like installable maps for complete, uninterrupted offline use are available via in-app purchases at extremely competitive one-time prices.

Additionally, all 500,000 of current Skobbler users in the United States will receive GPS Navigation 2 as a complimentary upgrade today.

"Our previous release, ForeverMap, made affordable OpenStreetMap offline maps a reality," explains Marcus Thielking, co-founder of Skobbler. "Tapping the OpenStreetMap once again has allowed us to deliver the first hybrid navigation experience available on iOS at an unbeatable price. Our goal has always been to provide the most flexible mapping technologies to our users, without the constraints of cellular network carriers and excessive monthly fees. We're offering choices to our users. They get to choose both how they get from point A to point B, without the tolls or detours, and how much of their valued storage space they want to dedicate for navigation purposes at any given time."

GPS Navigation 2's features include:
* Coordinate-based navigation
* Facebook and e-mail location sharing options
* Display in portrait or landscape mode
* Unique city map mode
* Local search
* Contact list navigation
* iPod playback
* Point-of-interest information
* A convenient, one-touch 'Take Me Home' button

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.1 or later
* 12.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
GPS Navigation 2 (v4.0.2) is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. To celebrate the launch of GPS Navigation 2, the North America in-app purchase is available for $3.99 for a limited time, 33% off its regular price ($5.99). Individual international countries are on sale for $2.99, 25% off their regular prices ($3.99), and continents are on sale as well ($3.99, down from $5.99).

Berlin-based skobbler has been independently developing map-based applications for iOS- and Android-based mobile devices since 2008. Skobbler is a prime player in location-based services developing an array of products that show what's possible based on OpenStreetMap in all many different categories. More than 1.75 million customers already use skobbler apps as their preferred mapping solutions. Copyright (C) 2011 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.

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