Telenav just announced the Shotgun, a new Internet-connected personal GPS navigation device (PND). The Shotgun is the company's first two-way PND taking advantage of cellular networks to provide real-time traffic alerts, Internet content such as maps and business listings as well as updated gas prices.
We've covered the TeleNav mobile navigation system before on SlashGear, and praised it for its flexibility in finding addresses (using so-called "fuzzy search") and in general use. Now they've updated the system with a brace of social networking and reviewing functionality, including the ability to text message locations - your current position, say, or the restaurant you're planning to meet at - and check reviews of businesses and even write your own for other users to read.
One of the more annoying features of the Garmin sat-nav unit I use is its unwillingness to put up with my human foibles. Spelling mistakes, mis-pressed letters, all are held against me, and the Nuvi's main method of punishment is saying something along the lines of "that location doesn't exist, you moron." Thankfully the TeleNav software, which Cingular has today announced for the Nokia E62 smartphone, has so-called "Fuzzy Search", seemingly detecting and filling in addresses according to current or commonly-used locations, as well as automatically correcting for mistakes in spelling or name-structure. Check out further details after the cut.
If you're looking for another reason to buy the Cingular 8525 announced today, the carrier is hoping you'll go for their TeleNav GPS service, which debuts simultaneously with the 8525. Using a Bluetooth GPS receiver and the subscription-based TeleNav service, your 8525 gives you precise instructions using up-to-date maps from the Cingular database.
Currently the Cingular TeleNav service costs $9.99 a month for unlimited routes or $5.99 for 10 routes.
It’s a great day for TeleNav and Cingular. The two companies just announced the roll out of the TeleNav GPS navigation service. It’s real-time, turn-by-turn voice and on-screen navigation system cost an additional $9.99 per month for unlimited trips while the $5.99 plan only gets you 10 trips. The service does require Cingular data plan. This isn’t a bad deal since a decent GPS device ranges from $300 to $800+.
Speaking of GPS enabled devices; Cingular also launched the brand new iPAQ hw6920 smartphone, featuring EDGE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Its got a nice 3-inch screen while the 1-megapixel camera should have been left out all together – shame on you HP. The hw6920 is on the more expensive end priced at $599. Ouch.
When faced with the idea that either Apple's Maps solution or Google's Maps solution might be better at everyday situations here on the first day when both are available for use on the iPhone, we decided to put them up to the test. The test in this case was getting from here (at a hotel in Saint Paul) to the Minneapolis International Airport, deciding as we do so what constitutes a more effective set of controls.
It's finally time to get (back) to business with a Google-run map app for iOS, this time with Google Maps own unique app separate from the main built-in collection of iDevice apps. For those of you that haven't followed along with the iPhone since its birth, you should know that it was only with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 that Apple cut ties with Google Maps for their Maps app that comes with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch right out of the box, replacing it with their own branded Apple Maps. [See our supplemental Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport post for one part of the big battle.] Now with Google Maps, Google has its own unique app that brings not only a new face to the iOS version of their central mapping ecosystem, but a new look for the app for all platforms as well - in iOS 6 this UI is unique!
In a move that will certainly have the folks at Telenav (creators of Scout) gaining a whole lot more users in the immediate future, they've pushed their voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation features down to the free portion of their app. While Scout's voice-assisted navigation has existed in the premium model for some time, the Telenav team have seen an opportunity to assist those looking for an alternative navigation system if they're not all about Apple's own Maps system built-in to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 for legacy iDevices.
With the LG Optimus G, this OEM brings on its most powerful device by a long shot, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor inside and a 4.7-inch TrueHD IPS+ LCD display up front, this running on AT&T's 4G LTE network here in the USA. What we're seeing here is a device that's ever so slightly confused in its identity - with more power than it knows what to do with in a device that looks and feels fabulous, but is just a bit bigger and more slippery than a normal-sized human being will be comfortable holding. Perhaps this combination of looks and processing power are enough to convince us that LG has suddenly become as much of a top-tier contender in the USA as Samsung and Apple?