Berlin, Germany, 16th July 2010 - skobbler, creator of the first free turn by turn sat nav app for the iPhone, has today announced the launch of skobbler for the Google Android platform.
Featuring a new user interface and enhanced visual appearance, skobbler sat nav for Google Android is available for download immediately, is compatible with most Google Android mobile phones and above all is FREE.
Since the UK launch of skobbler for iPhone just 4 weeks ago, skobbler has been downloaded more than 82,000 times by iPhone users in the UK. It has sat comfortably at the top of the UK free navigation app chart for four weeks and reached No. 10 of the most popular free apps in the UK app store overall, demonstrating just how popular mobile phone navigation is becoming . "Developing skobbler for the Android platform was the next logical step for the company," says Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler. "Our goal is to show that the revolutionary OpenStreetMap (OSM) concept can already support great location-based services, even in the most complex category which is definitely car navigation. Developing our unique OSM-based apps for the most popular mobile platforms has always been part of our ongoing strategy. We are looking forward to the feedback of our Android customers and hope that they will embrace the idea of a nationwide (if not worldwide) collaborative mapping project just as much as iPhone users have done already. We look forward to seeing what we call, ‘the future of sat nav' become a reality, making expensive GPS hardware and slow, costly map updates a thing of the past."
skobbler is a sat nav solution that empowers consumers to take matters into their own hands and make outdated and poorly detailed maps a thing of the past. It uses community maps from OpenStreetMap (OSM), the Wikipedia of maps that already has over 250,000 users worldwide dedicated to updating and creating the most detailed free map of the world. As a result, all users benefit from consistently updated maps without paying for expensive and already out-of-date updates.
Availability and compatibility:
skobbler is free, is compatible with most Google Android mobile phones and can be downloaded from the Android Market.
You can find further information on recent developments at http://blog.skobbler.com.
skobbler sat nav app key features:
- Turn-by-turn GPS navigation
- Visual and voice-guided navigation
- 2.5D bird's eye view graphics
- Day and night display modes
- Automatic continuation of navigation after incoming calls
- Pedestrian mode
- Take me home function
- Dynamic map updates at no extra cost
- User-editable maps of UK and Ireland (OpenStreetMap data)
- Bookmarks for favourite destinations
Berlin-based skobbler (www.skobbler.co.uk) has been independently developing navigation software for mobile phone platforms since 2008. skobbler's management team have a wealth of industry experience due to their former management positions at renowned navigation provider NAVIGON AG.
Since its UK launch in June 2010, skobbler has remained top of navigation category in the UK's free Apple App Store charts with downloads exceeding 82,000 to date.
In Germany, skobbler has topped the Apple App Store sales charts for more than six months. Sales figures exceed 150,000 units, making it the top-selling navigation app in Germany.
skobbler for will be made available internationally (Europe, US, Russia) during Q2/Q3 2010.