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.
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.”