Telenav 2.2

Telenav, makers of popular cross platform turn-by-turn navigation software, has updated their Android application to version 6.2.  Many improvements come along for the ride, including improved responsiveness, 22 million new points of interest (all searchable inside the app), a new quick search bar, better voice recognition, and new multiple route suggestions.

While we applaud Google for excellent turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps, ask anyone who uses Telenav and they will likely tell you they love it.  It's a very well written and great performing application, and today's improvements should only make it better.  Especially interesting is the multi-route suggestion -- enter your destination and Telenav will tell you up to three different routes to reach it.  As Todd Witkemper of Telenav reminds us in their video demonstration (after the break!), there will always be certain roads you don't like to travel, so having a choice of route from the beginning is a very nice touch.  And choice?  I'm always for more of it.

Telenav 6.2 is available today as an Android Market update for the Samsung Captivate, the HTC Aria, and the Motorola Backflip, branded as AT&T Navigator 2.2.  Telenav also tells us that Android devices on other carriers will soon be able to upgrade their version as well.  Follow the break for the full press release, a series of pictures of the new UI,  and a video from Telenav showing off the cool new features.

 

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Telenav Homescreen  Local Weather

Places  Points of Interest

Commuter alerts  Multi routes

Quick Search  Voice Commands

 

 

TeleNav Enhances Driving Experience with New Version of TeleNav GPS Navigator™
Expanded Speech Recognition, Quick Search, and Multiple Route Suggestions features make it easier and faster to find and navigate to destinations
 
Sunnyvale, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2011 TeleNav, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), one of the largest global wireless location-based services providers with more than 18 million paying subscribers, today launchedTeleNav GPS Navigator version 6.2 for select Android devices. The latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator is designed to deliver a faster and more reliable way to navigate, search, and view maps on a mobile device. TeleNav has added new features such as expanded Speech Recognition, Quick Search, Multiple Route Suggestions, enhanced local search content with more listings, and overall improved application speed.
 
“With this release, we’ve made Navigator easier and faster to use, and also added new capabilities that allow the user to personalize their navigation experience,” said Sal Dhanani, co-founder and vice president of products for TeleNav. “We’re confident that when our users try this version, they’ll immediately benefit from the enhancements we’ve made and enjoy the faster, simpler, more personalized experience.”  
 
A Personalized Experience: Multiple Route Suggestions and Commute Alerts
TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 now offers Multiple Route Suggestions and allows users to choose which route they prefer to take. Once a destination is entered, users are presented with up to three route suggestions overlaid on a map with route distance and estimated drive times. Users can review information for each route and select the option that best fits their personal driving needs.
 
TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 also includes a new user interface for the existing Commute Alert feature, making it easier for users to set and receive automatic alerts at a pre-selected time to show current traffic conditions along their daily commute. Users can choose to have these alerts sent via e-mail, SMS, or within the TeleNav GPS Navigator application to receive their personal daily commute information before hitting the road.
 
Search Made Simple
TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 includes Quick Search, a new feature designed to make finding local places quick and easy. Located on the application’s home page, users can simply touch the Quick Search box and type an address, landmark, category (i.e. Italian Food), or a business name. TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 uses predictive search technology to suggest results as the user types their desired location. Quick Search eliminates the need to navigate menus in order to find and drive to a location.
 

TeleNav has included an expanded Speech Recognition feature, allowing users to press a single button on the home page and speak a command. In addition to the Speech Recognition commands available in previous versions of TeleNav GPS Navigator used for finding addresses (“1130 Kifer Road”) or businesses (“Find gas stations”), TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 provides voice access to more information, for questions such as “How’s the weather” or “How’s traffic.”

 
TeleNav has also made its local search functionality easier, faster and more comprehensive, adding millions of new Points of Interest (POIs) to its search database, giving TeleNav users access to more than 22 million U.S. business locations, historical landmarks, airports and more.
 
“There’s nothing more frustrating when using a GPS product than to search for a location and not get a result. If a user can’t find the destination they’re looking for, the quality of the navigation features doesn’t matter,” said Dhanani. “We’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring that our users are able to find the destinations they’re searching for.” 
 
Additional Features and Enhancements
In addition to multiple route options and search enhancements, TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 includes enhanced map performance and design, allowing for faster panning and page refreshes when users view the map screen within the application. The map view also includes one-click options to layer information on the map screen, such as traffic flow information and the locations of traffic cameras.
 
TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 also features a new POI search screen interface designed to make searching for business categories more simple. When viewing the POI category page, users are presented with an easy to read view of popular business categories and can access those listings with one-click.
 
Availability
 
TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 is available immediately on the Android Marketplace to AT&T customers (as AT&T Navigator 2.2) using the Samsung Captivate™, HTC Aria, Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10, or Motorola BACKFLIP™ devices running Android OS version 2.1 or above. The application will be available soon on additional Android devices through other wireless carriers.
 
Images of TeleNav GPS Navigator 6.2 are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/23382466@N03/sets/72157625684926753/ and a demonstration video of new features is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NocouhAMzA.
 
About TeleNav, Inc.
TeleNav, Inc. is a leading provider of consumer location-based services (LBS), enterprise LBS and automotive LBS with more than 18 million paying subscribers as of September 30, 2010. 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 500 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, 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 updates Android version to 6.2, available on AT&T today

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I agree. It has always been my favorite GPS and even more accurate than my built in car GPS!!
They are not expensive to those on Sprint who have Telenav service for free!!

Nothing like having a feature like this baked into your Plan. Free on Sprint. And while I like Google NAV, that DAMN VOICE IS SOO ANNOYING!

I used AT&T Navigator/TeleNav for years on my BlackBerries - worked great. When I purchased a Samsung Captivate the gps performance was so poor that I cancelled the AT&T Navigator service - it was unusable. I'll use the service again IF a froyo 2.2 update is provided for the phone that fixes the gps issues.

How well does this work without a functioning GPS?

Why yes, I do have a Samsung Captivate, how did you guess?

You see, you must've forgotten about the built in magic 8 ball logic chip that can almost guess where you are on the fly lol..

Those with GPS problems, how bad are we talking? Not locking onto satellites at all, locking but being inaccurate or what?

The reason I ask is I have a Samsung Epic, and the blue circle is relatively large, but actual navigation is fine because the arrow is right where it should be.

I like TeleNAV, but notice that the Google NAV has more updated roads that TeleNAV doesn't have. So where Google shows roads, TeleNAV shows emptiness.

I don't understand why anyone would pay $69 every year for something that Google Maps/Navigation/Places already provides. Google Nav also has multiple route choices that Telenav has just implemented. I think if they want any of the Android users, they'll have to make some major price changes. What we already have works perfectly and it cost nothing. I feel like someone is trying to sell me air...I already get it for free.

Can't say I'd pay for it either. Even if you don't have Google Nav, two years buys you a rather high end dedicated device. One year gets you a basic model.

I used it on my BlackBerry because it's free on Sprint. I don't use it anymore, although I'll try it if/when we get the update.

I had Telenav for several years on my old Blackberry and really liked it. I just got a new Evo 4g that was preloaded with Telenav (aka: Sprint Navigation) and it is very faulty. I can't even use it without a great deal of effort and sometimes not at all. I hope I can get it working properly on my Evo but if not I will just go with Google Nav which works well enough to get me from point A to point B and cancel my Telenav subscription. And by the way, their support people are not in the USA when you call them so there is also a bit of a communication barrier.

Too bad, I really liked my Telenav before the Evo.

if you go telenav.com, you can get 4 years of service for only 249.99$, that' only 62.50$ a year. if you able to grab this v6.2 apk, it should work on other carriers too!