Telenav lets developers embed HTML5 shortcut for navigation
Telenav is giving website developers a new option to quickly navigate to places such as businesses and restaurants. It is providing a way to link from a site to its free HTML5-based navigation service through a dedicated button. This is called the Scout Drive Button and was already available for iOS devices.
Scout app for iPhone gets updated with offline GPS mode
Telenav's Scout navigation app we had a chance to check out at CES has just received an update for its iOS version that will work offline. Users will get the option of downloading regions separated into Western, Central or Eastern and use their device's GPS sensor to get spoken, turn-by-turn directions. Also new is voice control, with users able to say things like "Drive home" or "Find gas station" and have their phones guide them there.
Sync coming to Europe in Ford B-Max first
Ford at MWC revealed it will debut its Sync in-car infotainment system in Europe on the upcoming B-Max minivan. The service will be available in nine languages, including UK English, EU French, EU Spanish, EU Portuguese, German, Italian, Turkish, Dutch, and Russian. At the same time, the carmaker introduced Sync AppLink globally, the system meant to allow drivers to operate their handsets using their voice.
We test drive Telenav's Scout app for Fords
We were given the chance to check out the product of the recently-inked Telenav and Ford deal at an event at the CES show. The smartphone Scout app will allow users to take their personal trips on the road with them, as it will seamlessly transfer from their smartphone screen to Ford's Sync-system equipped cars. It requires a constant data flow and GPS signal access from the smartphone, as content isn't stored locally on the car's hardware.
App syncs with in-vehicle system
Ford has revamped its Sync connected features for 2012, bringing new features to the mobile apps and in-vehicle systems. The car maker has chosen a new mobile app, Scout, that will enable users to take advantage of turn-by-turn navigation based on Telenav's map databases.
TeleNav goes to web and free model
TeleNav on Wednesday gave a preview of a major rethink of its GPS business. The company has developed an HTML5-based web app that provides turn-by-turn GPS on iPhones, Windows Phone, or any device that supports the modern web standard. Many of the features of native apps will remain, including voice guidance, fully animated maps, points of interest, and automatic redirection.
Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile goes black, adds apps
Nokia has inadvertently spoiled T-Mobile's special event by posting details of the carrier's special version of the Lumia 710. The first Nokia Windows Phone in the US, it will be unique on the outside through the black design, including a unique black-and-white two-tone design. T-Mobile would also preload US-friendly apps from ESPN, Netflix, Slacker Radio, a slightly redundant TeleNav GPS, T-Mobile TV, and the Weather Channel.
Sprint ships Express handset for $20 on contract
Sprint has just unveiled its ultra-affordable Express smartphone. The BlackBerry-rivalling messaging phone combines a fixed QWERTY keyboard with a 2.6-inch touchscreen and adds in a centrally-mounted navigation wheel. It runs on Android 2.3 and, even with a budget focus, be a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five compatible devices.
Nokia Maps and Google Maps kill Wayfinder
Vodafone today said it has shut down Wayfinder, the company providing its subscription GPS service. The move has cost 90 jobs and is characterized as a direct reaction to the availability of free Ovi Maps on Nokia phones and, to a lesser degree, Google Maps Navigation on Android. The two render Wayfinder redundant as they offer the same or better turn-by-turn but without the monthly rate.
Motorola Cliq to ship with preloaded apps
The upcoming Android-powered Motorola Cliq handset will ship with many applications preloaded onto it, as per a specs page for the device on Motorola's website. Among the apps are a Digg application, Telenav Navigator for turn-by-turn navigation info, and Mint, a finance management program.
myTouch 3G gets TeleNav
To coincide with the launch of the myTouch 3G handset at T-Mobile on Wednesday, TeleNav on Tuesday said it will begin offering a free 30-day trial of its GPS Navigator service for the handset at the same time. The turn-by-turn GPS navigation service will be launched with a 30-day free trial, to which subscribers have to sign up via TeleNav's website.
TeleNav for T-Mobile G1
GPS hardware and software maker TeleNav on Thursday announced it will begin offering its Telenav GPS Navigator service to owners of the Android-based T-Mobile G1. The service, available on numerous other handsets in the industry and carriers that include AT&T and Sprint, will be launched on February 24th for the G1, and will allow users to receive turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic alerts with re-routing and more than 10 million searchable business listings. In addition, users will be able to access nearby gas prices, weather updates and restaurant reviews.
TeleNav intros Shotgun GPS
TeleNav, normally a GPS software developer for cell phones, has recently introduced its first piece of hardware with the introduction of a GPS unit, the Shotgun. Sporting a 4.3-inch touchscreen, the device connects to the Internet over a GSM network to receive real-time traffic updates and other information. Users of the device can send specific addresses or their own locations to each other over the network to allow them to meet up. Quick access to restaurant reviews from other diners, weather updates, as well as daily commute alerts are part of the package as well.
Moto RAZR2 V9x Leak
Motorola is developing a new version of the RAZR2 with AT&T's navigation services in mind, says Engadget. Called the RAZR2 V9x, the phone would add the assisted GPS mapping of the Z9 slider to be used with the TeleNav-run AT&T Navigator service. In a unique change, however, the GPS functions would work even through the RAZR2's external screen and supply directions (though not controls) without having to flip open the handset.