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Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

There’s more than one way to get where you’re going, and there’s more than one app to navigate it, and if Telenav and OpenStreetMap have their way it’ll be the power of the crowd not locked-up, heavily licensed data powering it all. SlashGear caught up with Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap and currently OSM lead at Telenav, to find out what’s next for the team aiming to put Google Maps and Nokia HERE on notice, and democratize mapping in the process.

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Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Google Maps is getting some competition in the location-based services space, with Telenav courting developers with its Scout Maps and Navigation SDK for app and website developers. Packaging OpenStreetMap data - just as Telenav is now using in its own Scout app - in both online and offline forms, the claim is that the data is not only more accurate than Google's, but more affordable for developers, too.

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Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav has switched its Scout for iPhone app to OpenStreetMap, planning a similar change for the Android version imminently, and meanwhile rebranding January acquisition Skobbler. The shift - telegraphed with the addition of OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast to Telenav's team, where he heads up the OSM division - sees Telenav ditch paid mapping data in favor of a crowdsourced alternative.

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Telenav buys Skobbler to push OpenStreetMap attack on Google Maps

Telenav buys Skobbler to push OpenStreetMap attack on Google Maps

Navigation app developer Telenav has acquired Skobbler, as it pushes its preference for OpenStreetMap data and ramps up its challenge to Google Maps and Apple Maps. The acquisition, which closed earlier this week and saw Telenav splash out around $19.2m in cash and $4.6m-worth of stock, will see OSM data and services refined in Skobbler's iOS and Android apps integrated into the Telenav Scout app.

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Telenav Scout navigation app hits Windows Phone 8

Telenav Scout navigation app hits Windows Phone 8

After years of keeping watch over the likes of Android and iOS in the premium GPS navigation realm, the folks at Telenav have revealed their intentions with their current brand Scout for Windows Phone 8. This Scout app has been optimized for the Windows Phone 8 environment, taking its already diverse user interface and giving it some Microsoft-flavored aesthetics. This app takes what the older Windows Phone version of Telenav was and douses it - Scout is an entirely new and refined look at the way a navigation app can look, feel, and provide for you in your automobile.

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Scout for Cars: Built In brings Telenav’s newest built-in GPS system bid

Scout for Cars: Built In brings Telenav’s newest built-in GPS system bid

This week the folks at Telenav have revealed their next-generation in-car personalized navigation system expansion with "Scout for Cars: Built In:, bringing on in-dash navigation for a whole new generation of smart vehicles. You'll find Scout for Cars bringing on real-time personalized information the likes of which you've only otherwise been able to access with Scout for Phones before this week, this time in an iteration that carmakers are able to make all their own with custom branding! And what's more - you'll be able to connect to your Scout for Phones service to share the information between your car and your phone for one great learning system that remembers your preferences.

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Scout GPS iOS app gains free turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation

Scout GPS iOS app gains free turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation

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.

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Telenav extends HTML5 Navigation to Android and Windows Phone

Telenav extends HTML5 Navigation to Android and Windows Phone

With the new HTML5 wave covering the whole internet-loving universe, the news this morning of Telenav's HTML5 Nav on Android and Windows Phone devices is a sign of a fabulous new era. This push comes in the form of Scout for Apps, a service that was launched earlier this year for iOS exclusively. With Scout for Apps, developers will be able to integrate into their creations the first HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided, turn by turn, GPS navigation service for mobile phones!

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Telenav’s Scout app for iPhone gets offline GPS navigation

Telenav’s Scout app for iPhone gets offline GPS navigation

This week the folks at Telenav have updated the iPhone version of Scout, their newest vision for next-level GPS navigation, to work offline. With this newest update for the iPhone, you'll be able to download regions - Western, Central, or Eastern, and voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation will be yours with no web connection necessary. This upgrade has been live with Telenav's AT&T Navigator app since last year, and this update brings it across the whole iPhone spectrum of carriers via Scout.

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