TeleNav GPS Navigator

TeleNav has been working hard on their latest update and they are now soon ready to release TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1. First up, will be availability to Sprint customers, who can start taking advantage of the newly implemented features such as:

  • New Home Screen - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 uses a new, unique home screen, called “My Dashboard ™,” for quick and easy access to what on-the-go people need every day. The redesigned interface includes a map of the user’s current location with real-time traffic overlay and customizable “Home” and “Work” buttons to show current drive times based on live traffic.
  • Improved Map Options - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 also includes smoother and faster map rendering, enhancing features such as live traffic, red light cameras and satellite view map layers. The application includes Multi Routes™, which recommends up to three routes to the destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions.
  • New Widgets - Customizable Android widgets have been added for quick access to the information that on-the-go people need and use every day. Three TeleNav widgets are available for download on the Android home screen, including a map of the user’s current location, a one-box search field, and navigation with Home and Work commute times.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 will be available later this month at no additional charge with Sprint’s Everything Data and Simply Everything plans, with optional premium features such as lane assist, speed trap, red light camera, speed limit notification and commute reports available for an additional $4.99 per month. Full press release is beyond the break.

 TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 Launches on Android Devices from Sprint

New home screen and features allow drivers to customize their navigation experience to make their lives easier, less stressful, more productive, and fun while on the go

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct 10, 2011 – CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2011 – TeleNav, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), one of the largest global wireless location-based services providers, today announced a more personalized GPS search, traffic and navigation experience for Android devices. TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 goes beyond turn-by-turn directions to help on-the-go people run errands around town, explore and discover what’s around them, or commute to work or school.

New Home Screen

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 uses a new, unique home screen, called “My Dashboard ™,” for quick and easy access to what on-the-go people need every day. The redesigned interface includes a map of the user’s current location with real-time traffic overlay and customizable “Home” and “Work” buttons to show current drive times based on live traffic.

Improved Map Options and Customizable Car Icons

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 also includes smoother and faster map rendering, enhancing features such as live traffic, red light cameras and satellite view map layers. The application includes Multi Routes™, which recommends up to three routes to the destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions. Users can review information for each route and select the option that best fits their personal driving needs. To further personalize the navigation experience, drivers have the option to use fun, custom car icons such as a sports car, hot rod, tank, space ship, motorcycle and more.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 not only accurately guides drivers to their destination; it also provides people with many useful features along the way to make it easier to drive and arrive with more confidence and less stress. The application includes “Cockpit View,” a feature that shows roads and street names that zoom into view for a better navigational experience, and “Junction View,” which informs drivers which lane to be in to make complex lane changes simple and easy. When combined with other existing features, such as turn-by-turn directions with street names, 2D and 3D moving maps and traffic avoidance, TeleNav provides drivers with all of the information they need to safely reach their destination.

New Widgets

Also new to TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1, customizable Android widgets have been added for quick access to the information that on-the-go people need and use every day. Three TeleNav widgets are available for download on the Android home screen, including a map of the user’s current location, a one-box search field, and navigation with Home and Work commute times. In addition, shortcuts in the navigation and search widgets make it even easier to access popular Places categories and local traffic. “While other navigation apps tend to only focus on getting you from point A to point B, we believe there is tremendous value in a more personalized navigation experience that is tailored to your daily needs,” said Sal Dhanani, co-founder and vice president of products for TeleNav. “From My Dashboard to widgets, cars icons to Multi Routes, drivers are looking for a more personally relevant experience.”

Other Key Features

  • Find out where to go, how to get there and what to do when you get there with TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1.
  • Favorite and Recent Destinations: Drive to your favorite and recent destinations more quickly and easily with one-touch access on My Dashboard
  • Daily Commute: Current drive times based on live traffic right on the home screen
  • Live Traffic: Save time with live traffic updates that automatically reroutes you around traffic jams or road congestion.
  • Local Search: Search 22 million Places and get user-generated ratings and reviews to quickly decide where to go
  • Local Reviews: Rate and review your favorite Place all from your phone
  • Gas Prices: Search up-to-date gas prices by location and price to save money
  • Voice Search: Stay safe and keep your hands on the wheel with voice-activated commands
  • Local Weather: Get real-time weather and seven day forecasts for your current location
  • Voice Guidance: Clear, easy-to-understand driving directions spoken by a real human voice
  • And much more

Availability

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 brings personalized navigation and search to Android phones from Sprint running Android 2.3, Gingerbread, such as the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and LG Marquee, as well as HTC EVO 3D, Kyocera Milano and Samsung Replenish. Tablets from Sprint running Android 3.0 and higher, known as Honeycomb, will also include the app. TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 will be available later this month at no additional charge with Sprint’s Everything Data and Simply Everything plans, with optional premium features such as lane assist, speed trap, red light camera, speed limit notification and commute reports available for an additional $4.99 per month. The custom car icons are available through an in-app purchase for $.99 each. TeleNav expects My Dashboard and other TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 features to be available on other platforms in the near future.

Representatives from TeleNav will be available to demonstrate this new technology at CTIA’s Pepcom media event this evening from 7:00pm – 10:00pm PT at The Marriott Marquis in San Diego, California.

About TeleNav, Inc.

TeleNav, Inc. is a leading provider of consumer location-based services (LBS), enterprise LBS and automotive LBS with more than 24 million paying subscribers as of June 30, 2011. TeleNav's solutions provide consumers, wireless service providers, enterprises and automakers with location-specific, real-time, personalized services such as GPS navigation, local search, mobile advertising, mobile commerce, location tracking and workflow automation. TeleNav's technology is available across more than 600 types of mobile phones, all major mobile phone operating systems and a broad range of wireless network protocols. TeleNav's service providers and partners include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Boost Mobile, China Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, Ford Motor Company, NII Holdings, QNX Software Systems, Rogers, Sprint Nextel, Telcel, T-Mobile UK, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Vivo Brazil.
 
For more information on TeleNav, please visit www.telenav.com.  Follow TeleNav on Twitter at www.twitter.com/telenav or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/telenav.

 

Reader comments

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 launches on Android devices from Sprint

16 Comments

Absolutely love TeleNav on Sprint.. It gives more reliable directions than Google Navigation in my opinion.. And its free on Sprint with the Everything Data plans.. My only gripe is not with the app itself, but the nature of CDMA in that if I need to call the person at my destination while driving, I lose my maps.. It would be great if TeleNav included an option to pre-download the route maps once the route is set for such an occasion.

I think the accuracy is very location-specific. In the DC area, as of the last time I evaluated it, TeleNav was completely useless. It didn't even know about I-66, a major interstate that was completed in 1982, so they have had about 30 years to update their maps. This made its routings in Northern Virginia absolutely braindead.

I haven't used TeleNav since. And before you ask, yes, I did file a bug report with TeleNav. And no, it was not fixed last I checked.

I use Sygic now for that very reason. The maps are preloaded onto your SD card, and you can download states as you need them, saving space. For example, I have PA, DC, MD, Virginia, WV, DE, and NJ. I don't plan to travel to Nebraska, Alaska, Wisconsin, etc anytime soon so I don't need it on my SD card but I can get them if that time ever comes. It has a lot of POIs and speed limits preloaded and can search Google for additional information/POIs.

It was a one time fee of approximately $17 for the USA. Other maps are more (Europe, Mexico, Canada, etc). Traffic costs extra though via subscription.

I used it on my Blackberry when choice was limited. I don't know that it's MORE useful...to me it's just an option. Just like Sygic is an option and CoPilot is an option and a dedicated TomTom/Magellan/etc is an option.

I too would like a comparison between this and Google Nav (which works fine for me, but I am always open for alternatives if it offers a significant advantage).

In my opinion, TeleNav has a very slight edge in accuracy of directions and logic assigned to route selection. All GPS units/software packages make mistakes as it's nearly impossible to keep up with all landscape and road changes, but it does pretty well. I would generally refer to Google because the Optimus S doesn't have much internal storage and I needed the space for other applications.

That being said, one more advantage: The voice. The Google Navigation voice sounds much more robotic. TeleNav's is slightly more natural.

YEAH! ill pay $5 a month on top of my already $150 bill so I can use a service thats already free on my phone through google maps! OK!!!!! GOOD ONE SPRINT!!! What are u going to shove up our a$$e$ next? Charge us per button push or per word we speak so you can cover the iphone purchases?? Losers....

Hey bro, let me know where I can nab that update to Google Nav that shows red light cameras, lane assists, speed traps, posted speed limits amongst other things. Right now I'm using the Free version of Telenav but it doesn't have those things, those bastards want to charge $4.99/month for that. To make my day even worse, I went across the street today for lunch and the dumbass at the pizza counter had the audacity to charge me for a slice of pizza. I get that shit for free at my mom's so, balls on some people.

I have used TeleNav for years and the difference isn't vast, but TeleNav has seems to have better accuracy, and the voice is a little easier to understand, as well as the application as a whole being more responsive. Google Navigation works great, but sometimes gets very lost for no reason and takes too much time to correct itself. I have never encountered this issue with TeleNav.

At least Telenav doesn't dim the screen during navigation like google nav has for the past few updates to "Save Battery" and they do not give you the option to disable it.

I like Telenav's voice better than that metallic google maps voice. Any way to change the Google maps voice?

You have to download a new TTS (Text To Speech) library. There are really no good free ones, and I didn't like the demo voices enough to bother paying for a different voice.
The Android default is PicoTTS