skobbler Updates GPS Navigation 2: Surpasses 2 Million Total Downloads

December 13, 2011 in Navigation (E)

[] Berlin, Germany - skobbler, the leader in OpenStreetMap-based navigation with 2 million total iOS and Android downloads to date, has announced the release of version 4.1 of GPS Navigation 2, their extremely popular online/offline navigation solution. GPS Navigation 2, sits in the Top 5 of the iTunes App Store's Paid Navigation category in 9 different countries (including #4 in the U.S., #1 in the U.K., and #1 in Germany), marking the breakthrough of OpenStreetMap-based navigation products into the mainstream.

Version 4.1 includes the following new features and improvements:
* Pedestrian Orientation
* iPod touch compatibility
* Wallace and Gromit voice guidance
* Refresh of in-app OpenStreetMap data
* Maps load 15% faster
* Optimized routing
* Improved stability and performance

While online navigators will continue to benefit from free automatic map updates, users that have taken advantage offline functionality now benefit from a significant OpenStreetMap refresh by downloading the latest version of the map. As a result, GPS Navigation 2 users have access to the most consistently updated map of the world, and never have to pay for dated maps supplied by traditional navigation software providers, which can sometimes be as much as 12 months old upon release.

"We're very happy with the great success of GPS Navigation 2 to date," says Philipp Kandal, co-founder of skobbler. "The incredible evolution of the OpenStreetMap project, which has again seen significant double-digit percentage quality increases in areas that are essential for us, in the short period since GPS Navigation 2 launched, make it truly the most dynamic digital map on the planet. This can only benefit our customers as we continue to provide them with frequent updates at no cost. Especially, as our map updates are always current at the time of release."

GPS Navigation 2 has taken customer feedback into account and now offers dedicated pedestrian orientation, one of the skobbler community's most requested additions. Version 4.1 also adds GPS-equipped iPod touch support, Wallace and Gromit voice packs, and major performance increases. Optimized to work more efficiently with OpenStreetMap data, the app now provides a faster and easier routing experience. Map handling is also much smoother when zooming, thanks to a 15% decrease in map loading times. These new features, combined with a number of significant improvements to stability and performance, further enhance what is already the most comprehensive low-cost sat nav app on the iOS market.

"To have 2 million customers in such a short space of time is quite overwhelming," commented Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler. "It demonstrates again just how popular mobile phone navigation is becoming. We are thrilled to have achieved such a major milestone and are delighted to see so many people using our app. Their input has been instrumental in our development and we would like to thank everyone for helping us to evolve the app into what we believe is the 'future of sat nav'. Version 4.1 underlines the company's commitment to develop a genuine alternative to costly and slow updating sat navs. , and oOur promise to our customers is that we will continue to deliver lightning-fast cycles of free updates with significant improvements based on their feedback," Thielking concludes.

GPS Navigation 2 is a next generation iPhone navigation app featuring the world's first 'hybrid' system, enabling both online and offline navigation. Users can opt to install and save maps directly to a device to avoid reception problems caused by data connection loss, or excessive roaming charges when navigating abroad. Maps of countries, continents, or the whole world can also be installed and removed as necessary to allow users to tailor the package to their specific travel needs and manage what can often be limited storage capacity on mobiles.

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

Pricing and Availability:
GPS Navigation 2 - skobbler 4.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.

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 2 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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