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Not that independent: Google’s Waze not planning any further development of Windows Phone app

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We were pretty surprised when the official Waze app for Windows Phone hit the store in November last year, expecting Google’s purchase of the crowd-sourced mapping and navigation app in June 2013 to put an end to development.

It seems in the end it was merely a temporary reprieve, as a 9th July tweet from their customer support on Twitter has confirmed the company has no plans for any further updates to the app. That app was last updated on the 25/2/2014.

The app as likely a victim of Google’s animosity towards Windows Phone, as otherwise it seems rather interesting that a small company like the pre-purchase Waze could find the resources to support Windows Phone while a giant like Google can not.

via WPC.

gMaps Pro updated to version 3.0

DreamTime Mobile have updated their Google Maps app for Windows Phone to version 3.0.

The 3rd party app, which is not affiliated with Google, lets you access multiple layers of Google Maps, such as satellite, traffic and even street view.

It also lets you search Google’s database of locations and can even be used for turn by turn GPS Navigation.

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  • New Search UI
  • New Directions UI
  • Routes with multiple waypoints support
  • Performance & battery improvements
  • Ability to view directions through 3rd party apps like Waze, Nokia Drive and so on.
  • Improvements in UI and stability

The ad-free app costs $2.49 with a free trial and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

CoPilot announcing great new features for their Windows Phone app

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In a press release CoPilot has announced a number of great features coming to their Windows Phone apps.

Their updated app will feature:

  • CommuteMe: CommuteMe makes everyday driving quicker, easier and more predictable by intelligently learning a driver’s preferred route to and from work. It then automatically scans the route for traffic to avoid delays and provide an accurate estimated time of arrival. If a driver alters their preferred route, CommuteMe recognizes the change and proactively adapts.
  • ActiveRoutes: Ever wonder which route is the fastest at a particular time of day? ActiveRoutes intelligently answers this question. It uses actual road speed data and the time of the day to accurately predict the fastest route – any time of day and day of the week.
  • MirrorLink Connected Car Demo: CoPilot has long been ready for the connected car revolution and designed for safe, non-distracting in-car guidance. ALK will be demonstrating CoPilot running with MirrorLink at Mobile World Congress, in partnership with leading automotive solutions provider, HUML GmBh.

The company also announced that CoPilot will be coming to Windows Phone 8 tablets such as the Surface Pro.

The feature set rivals that of Nokia’s HERE Drive, and due to the much larger population of smartphone users using the service should have more accurate traffic information.

Will any of our readers be using this app over HERE Drive? Let us know below.

Via WPC

Windows Phone 8 GPS Massive Power Suck can leave you stranded

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I had a rather bad experience on Friday, while driving to an unfamiliar area and using Nokia Drive, and finding my handset getting incredibly hot and the battery draining rapidly, even while being charged by my Nokia wireless cradle.

The end result was suddenly seeing the Goodbye screen where I expected to see the directions to my destination, and having to spend the next hour using very atrophied skills (ie reading road, signs dead reckoning, luck and hoping and praying) to finally get to my destination.

The massive battery drainage GPS navigation causes on my Nokia Lumia 920 and also my Nokia Lumia 925 is of course a long standing issue, but is also one which 3 firmware updates later should have been well sorted. Until then GPS Navigation on those handsets are only useful for short journeys where you start with a full battery.

Are our readers running into the same issue, and with which handset, and has it ever let you down mid-journey? Let us know below.

Garmin’s stand-alone Heads Up Display App now in the Windows Phone Store

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Its nice to see a company support Windows Phone with what is a rather niche accessory, which is exactly what Garmin did with their HUD+ heads-up display for their Navigon GPS Navigation app.

The Bluetooth accessory already works with the Navigon GPS Navigation app, but if you do not have that, you can still buy the HUD+ and use it with the free Garmin HUD app.

That free app features:

  • Voice-guided turn-by-turn directions
  • Millions of preloaded points of interest including gas stations, restaurants and other businesses
  • Maps install to your device, so wireless coverage isn’t required
  • Includes free map updates (one map update per year)
  • Active lane assistant
  • Reality View Pro
  • MyRoutes calculates up to three routes in parallel
  • Integrated red light and speed camera database
  • Knows your current speed and posted speed limit (for most major roads)
  • Current and forecasted weather conditions at destination

An in app purchase will upgrade the 1.1 GB app to include:

  • Traffic Live – Live traffic updates and alerts
  • Sound & 3D – Voice guidance with spoken street names and Panorama View 3D

The free app features maps for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

To use the app you need the Garmin HUD+ device, which is $119.99, and can be found at Amazon here.

See a video demonstrating the device after the break.

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Waze now available in the Windows Phone Store

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Its been a long wait, but the leading crowd-sources GPS navigation app, Waze, is now available in the Windows Phone Store.

For navigation the app offers a daytime/ night time mode, the ability to avoid toll roads, fastest/shortest routing, a speedometer and more.

wazeqrMost importantly the user is able to report issues such as speed cameras on the road or leave location-based comments.  You can report a traffic jam (moderate/heavy/standstill), alert for police, report an accident (minor/major), hazards (on the road, shoulder, weather) and cameras (speed, red light, fake). For all but the camera’s you can attach a picture. You can also see the location of other Waze users.

The app joins only one other Google-sources app in the Windows Phone Store, and its eventual release does come as somewhat as a surprise.

Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.

CoPilot 9.5 for Windows Phone on the way with new features

Screenshot_2013-10-17-11-11-45On their blog CoPilot announced version 9.5 of their well-regarded software.

The app now features:

  • Motionlock, which will lock the UI when you drive over a certain speed to ensure distract-free driving. This setting is optional.
  • A new flat design, more in keeping with iOS 7 (and therefore Windows Phone also). This is also optional.
  • Improved in-app search to more easily find places near a target
  • The numbers of highway onramps are now displayed on the map in order to provide you a better orientation
  • New App Icon
  • Two striking new map styles
  • Android NavGate HUD connection (in-app purchase – only available in Europe)
  • And finally, a lot of improvements and bug fixes which we owe to your feedback.

CoPilot is also dropping the Live moniker from the name.

Version 9.5 of the app is already available for Android, and will hit iOS and Windows Phone shortly.

Google’s Waze for Windows Phone app still in development

Waze is a venerable social mapping platform, and until its acquisition by Google was in the process of developing a Windows Phone app.

This extended to rolling out a private beta program, and now WindowsPhoneItaly report this beta program has in fact continued, and is nearing its conclusion.

With the tensions between Google and Microsoft there is no guarantee that they app will in fact reach the market, but so far it appears that it remains on track.

The Waze app has more than 40 million users, who contribute mapping data, traffic conditions information, and even where the local speed cameras are.  Hopefully the app will in fact managed to navigate its way around Google’s roadblock and turn up in the Windows Phone Store after all.

Via WindowsPhoneItaly.com

Telenav Scout comes to Windows Phone 8

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Traffic news and route guidance app Telenav Scout has just made its arrival in the Windows Phone Store.

The GPS Navigation app features:

  • My Dashboard — This handy home screen is always updated with the most relevant local info for your daily journey. With just a glance or one tap, see your traffic-based commute times, your favorites, local weather, nearby places, and more.
  • Multiple routes— Choose from up to three traffic-optimized routes that get you to your destination efficiently
  • Step-by-Step Turn list — Easily follow the directions for your selected route with the visual list of all turns.
  • Local search — With millions of listings, find what you need wherever you are with the convenient auto fill search box.
  • Nearby Places — With just one tap, find nearby gas, restaurants, ATMs, and more. See details about each place, like phone number, ratings, reviews, and hours of operation.
  • My Places — Save your favorite and most frequented places so you can access them easily from My Dashboard.

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  • Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions —Drive confidently with award-winning voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions on 2D and 3D moving maps.
  • Traffic Alerts —Know what to expect along your route with real-time traffic alerts, and avoid jams with one-tap rerouting.
  • Maps with red-light cameras and traffic flows — See nearby traffic flows and always have a heads up on red-light cameras in the area.
  • Voice Commands — Speak, don’t type, to view a map or directions to a street address or saved place and navigate there hands free while keeping your eyes on the road to avoid accidents, hazards and being stopped by the police.

The app will be competing with Nokia’s Commute feature in the latest version of Nokia Drive +, but offers more options for those who feel Nokia’s service could be better.

Find the Windows Phone 8 app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via Engadget.com

Here Maps updated, gets new LiveSight features

Nokia’s official HERE Maps have been updated today, with the main improvements being related to its Augmented Reality LiveSight feature.

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  • Pause scenes in LiveSight and browse without holding up your phone
  • Pin LiveSight to Start screen to look around with a tap
  • Tap public transit stations to quickly reveal list of available transit lines
  • Access directions faster by simply tapping on a POI

The app is now available to all Windows Phone users and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Here Drive + and Here Transit back in the Windows Phone Store

After a bit of a hullabaloo when the recently updated Here Drive + and Here Transit apps started crashing and the apps were removed from the Windows Phone Store, we can now report that the apps are now once again available.

Here Drive + was updated to 3.0.4087 and Here Transit was updated to 4.0.2036 and hopefully fixes all the recent bugs.

Find the apps in the link below.

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Thanks Yusuf, Jannik and L920 for the tip.

Garmin releases a Heads Up Display for in-car navigation compatible with Windows Phone 8

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Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced HUD, the company’s first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation apps2. HUD is an innovative new way of viewing navigation information in the car, projecting crisp and bright directions onto a transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. By providing comprehensive road guidance at a glance and right within the driver’s line of sight, HUD can help increase safety and reduce driver distraction. HUD receives navigation information from a Bluetooth-enabledsmartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app.

“HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price.”

HUD offers more navigation details than other portable head-up displays, yet presents them in a simplified way that doesn’t divert the driver’s attention from the road. The directions are easy to follow and allow drivers to navigate even the most challenging interchanges and traffic situations with ease. HUD displays turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, as well as estimated time of arrival. It even lets drivers know what lane to be in for the next maneuver and alerts them when they exceed the speed limit. HUD also warns users of potential traffic delays and upcoming safety camera locations. The crisp display automatically adjusts the brightness level so projections are clearly visible in direct sunlight or at night.

Complementing the visual display, spoken turn-by-turn directions are provided simultaneously by a compatible Garmin or Navigon app, either through the smartphone speaker or a Bluetooth-connected car stereo. Music streamed to the car stereo from the smartphone will automatically fade out for turn-by-turn voice prompts. HUD also continues to display navigation information while taking incoming calls.

HUD is easy to set up. Users can choose between displaying navigation information on their windshield, with the included, transparent film, or on the included reflector lens that attaches directly to HUD. The device pairs wirelessly with a compatible Bluetooth®-enabled iPhone, Android™ phone or Windows® Phone 8. An integrated USB port on the vehicle power/adapter cable makes it easy to charge the smartphone while driving.

HUD has an MSRP of $129.99 and will be available this summer. Garmin StreetPilot and NAVIGON apps, starting at $29.99 for a regional map (NAVIGON U.S. Central, East or West), provide premium turn-by-turn navigation for smartphones, including onboard maps, lane guidance, speed limit warnings, real-time traffic, and many other features.

HUD is the latest from Garmin’s consumer automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of mobile navigation solutions for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Garmin’s user-friendly personal navigation devices and apps have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.

Via Yahoo Finance

Google’s Waze purchase may face FTC antitrust probe

Google has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it has been contacted by the FTC about its $1 billion purchase of Waze social GPS Navigation service.

Google, who already has an impressive navigation platform itself, is said to have purchased the Israeli company to keep it out of the hands of Facebook and Apple.

The effect of Google’s purchase may be most keenly felt by Windows Phone users, who have been traditionally underserved by Google, and who may lose access to the Waze app which is currently in beta for Windows Phone.

Waze currently has 50 million users worldwide, and their maps famously use crowd-sourced data which allows users to contribute information such road obstructions or the location of speed cameras.

Google has however so far generally escaped with a slap on the wrist at most for most of their anti-competitive and sometimes illegal behaviour and expectations are not high that the FTC will act differently on this occasion.

Via TNW