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  • Live Traffic (Finally) Comes to Navigon GPS

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    Big news tonight for those of us who have long bemoaned the lack of live traffic updates on our GPS mobile apps.

    Our friends at CNET have been all over this breaking announcement:

    Navigon AG, the developer of the Navigon MobileNavigator app, announced Wednesday that live traffic capability, called Traffic Live, for its GPS phone application is coming soon. This feature will be available in October for the North American version of the application.
    It's almost as though the holiday season has come early. Indeed, the new Traffic Live feature - which offers real-time traffic updates for the GPS app - is like a present we've been waiting an eternity for. With this latest update, MobileNavigator's journey (pun intended) has come full circle.

    From the initial bare bones app, which didn't offer the ability to access points of interest from inside the app or the now much-loved text-to-speech component, the polished app is arguably now the most practical, well-versed, and functional GPS app for any mobile device.
    However, there's a catch. As expected, this upcoming update will not be free, rather it will cost another $25 via an in-app purchase, on top of the current $90 price tag for the app itself.
    That one time fee, however, will be worth it. Navigon says the update is made possible from live traffic information provided by the ultimate source for traffic news - people who are either stuck in it or avoiding it altogether. Real-time data and information from more than one million drivers across North America will be the service's heart and soul.

    When the new feature is available, the Navigon GPS app will automatically include the traffic information when calculating a route, and provide onscreen alerts indicating new incidents and congestion along the current route.
    This huge improvement will likely prompt competing navigation apps to either step up their game right away or get out of the way altogether.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Live Traffic (Finally) Comes to Navigon GPS started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      This app just keeps getting better, I'm lovin' the recent update and can't wait for this.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Sweeettt
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      maybe i should invest in one of these navigation apps. I just don't know which is the best. Also, navigon used to be like $60 right?
    1. lild7hina's Avatar
      lild7hina -
      I can't wait for this update... i already love navigon and it just keeps getting better and better. If only i had a window dock in my car *sighs*
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Sweet. Well this cements Navigon has the best navi app
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Navigon was always the best navigation app for the iPhone
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ I agree.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Indeed. I tried TomTom and it is HORRIBLE. Navigon is much better.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^^ gotta agree. Now with street names too, love it.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      This is going to rock!
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Can't wait for new features.. Navigon just keeps getting better and better..
      the only bad part is downloading the updates.. ughhh...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      yea, for sure
    1. koreanmasters99's Avatar
      koreanmasters99 -
      Navigon = Hands up

      TomTOm = hands down...

      can't wait till this comes out!
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      Navigon has escalated to 'untouchable' status!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I bought this app and just love it! I am excited that they are updating this app once again... As for the price to upgrade this will depend on each individual. I really don't want to spend anymore money on the app but really want the update... so looks like I will have to fork out more for the update....
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I cant wait!
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      Has anyone looked at the 2nd top grossing app is in the AppStore? Yep, it is Navigon and the ratings went up from four stars to four and a half. Nuff said!

      I sold my Garmin Nuvi 750 GPS for $150 last weekend and I am not missing it.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Nice. Plenty to buy the app and some left over
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Live traffic has been available in CoPilot since the last update but you Navigon fanboys made no mention of that.

      One day Navigon might catch up with CoPilot - but I doubt it
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Navigon will be one of the few apps I have bought that's actually worth the money. While TomTom charges $100 for inferior software (and even more for their car kit).

      Can't wait for the update!!!

      TomTom = FAIL