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  • Sygic Demos Their iPhone Turn-by-Turn at MWC09


    I previously mentioned at the end of our xGPS post that Sygic would be showing off their turn-by-turn navigation app at the Mobile World Conference this week and low and behold they did! Dieter Bohn of theiphoneblog had the opportuntiy to grab some shots and check out what Sygic has done.

    The application looks very pretty with the fancy 3d view and is also packed with the features you would expect like voice prompts, POIs, multiple country support, directions, the maps stored locally on the phone (Europe=2gb), etc etc etc.

    The bad news? The public probably will not see this app any time soon. Sygic plans on submitting it to the AppStore soon and the odds of it being rejected are nearly 100% since Apple has already made it clear that they do not accept these types of apps. Further bad news is that Sygic does not plan on distributing this as a jailbreak app if it fails Apple approval.

    Still looks pretty though . . .

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sygic Demos Their iPhone Turn-by-Turn at MWC09 started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 60 Comments
    1. agent005's Avatar
      agent005 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HondaCop View Post
      Apple probably wont accept these types of apps, yet they accept farting and yo momma jokes apps. Way to go Apple. If I get lost, I can fart my way back home and drop a couple of Yo Momma jokes to those I stop out with when asking for directions.
      Well hey why not. I hear it works well. Those are obvious the best ways to get home....

      More than likely, they have a plan with Google to release it later. As a great new package. 'January Software Update' anyone?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ALK have already previewed CoPilot on the iPhone. Apple will not let them release it as it breaches the T&C of the SDK.
      They are in talks with Apple but will not release without Apple's permission as they have to use the SDK.

      But 25? If that's all you guys are willing to pay for proper SatNav they probably won't bother LOL

      xGPS is free - and very good for the price (not knocking them in any way - looking forward to their relese tomorrow - check it out) but it's not proper SatNAv - and you won't get proper SatNav for 25 - but if Apple have their way we wont get proper SatNav at all
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      is the new release for xgps going to update automaticly on my phone?
      now i know that this is another subject,but if anybody can guide me please,do so.
      i have videorecorder3g on my phone,but i cant figure out how to down load it to my computer.i have gone to there web site and downloaded the link that it is supposed to work but i get a message on my computer that the file is not supported and it cant open.how does it work,please tell me,this is dryving me crazy.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Yeah I'd be willing to way around $70-90 for a proper GPS turn-by-turn and all the jazz application/suite for the iPhone.

      The people mentioning releasing this for free are hilariously dreaming in clouds.
    1. shawn o's Avatar
      shawn o -
      Just paid $89 for Garmin Mobile XT for my wife's new Nokia E71. If any voice GPS program ever comes to the iPhone, I'd expect to pay around the same amount...
    1. carlos.michell's Avatar
      carlos.michell -
      Apple is going to deny it. Why not release it to us. I mean i would be willing to pay for this.
    1. jayzfelon's Avatar
      jayzfelon -
      Quote Originally Posted by HondaCop View Post
      Apple probably wont accept these types of apps, yet they accept farting and yo momma jokes apps. Way to go Apple. If I get lost, I can fart my way back home and drop a couple of Yo Momma jokes to those I stop out with when asking for directions.
      That is hilarious and the same with apple making the iphone 3g with built in gps useless.
    1. devize's Avatar
      devize -
      Its not like apple dont get money from appstore apps, I don't understand why apple won't listen to their customers and provide some of the necessary features it lacks. They don't even need to do any work, the app is ready let it in the appstore!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayzfelon View Post
      That is hilarious and the same with apple making the iphone 3g with built in gps useless.
      If only there was an application on the phone in which you could search for an address and then use your GPS-based current location to get directions to it...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      If only there was an application on the phone in which you could search for an address and then use your GPS-based current location to get directions to it...
      CoPilot uses Windows Live search so you can search for things on that and navigate to them or, obviously, any address in your address book, just waiting for them to get a fully working version for the iPhone and they are just waiting for Apple to give them the go ahead...
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I was sarcastically referencing the Maps app we already have as a point for having the GPS on the phone already...
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      **** apple, whats the point of a damn GPS chip.

      Quote Originally Posted by Ichwohneinloche View Post
      man that looks sweet!! If apple doesnt accept it then they should release it to the jailbreak fans. Heck id pay at least $25for it.
      You'll never get a GPS for 25$. An annual map update from garmin costs $100 alone.
    1. Morcegolas's Avatar
      Morcegolas -
      Apple and is s*****g politics, I hope someone buy apple and let the gps turn by turn programs to be released, this is more problable than the stupid people of apple let we have a decent gps program.
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      what about the update from xgps was it ever released,i still have the old version.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by eatdirt1 View Post
      what about the update from xgps was it ever released,i still have the old version.
      It hasn't been released yet. 9/3/09 ETA
    1. MLauderdale1000rr's Avatar
      MLauderdale1000rr -
      Hopefully Cydia will pick it up!
    1. kkiran's Avatar
      kkiran -
      Best way to go is release it on Cydia and sell it ona subscription basis : $2 per month!

      I would go with the other guy's GPS solution (xGPS is it) which is atleast released as a beta (turn by turn) works great already! Voice pending!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by kkiran View Post
      Best way to go is release it on Cydia and sell it ona subscription basis : $2 per month!
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAH God that just made my week, maybe month.

      If/when a full fledged GPS-navigation app comes out to the phone, everyone should be fully aware that you WILL have to pay at a minimum $70-100. And that's without the yearly update, other region map packs, and other changes brought through time.

      EDIT: to add some more content. The reason all GPS and navigation software is because they need to make/license the map data. You can't just go and use google map on the iphone for navigation since the apps don't have the license to use it, so they need to bring their own. This means 1 of 2 things: Either the app itself will store the map information, making them HUGE in size depending on how much you have or they have to set up a streaming function a la google maps, which is a whole other mess and they rarely go that way. So fully expect to pay 30-50 for the app and then 70-100 for map packs. Just go to any Garmin/Magellan GPS solution and check their prices, that's what you're going to have to pay.

      Sygic themselves is just jumping into the market so most of their stuff is on trial. However, they have a sweet thing going by not making a GPS device themselves and instead making software for phones/PDAs. How much this will save in costs, who knows.
    1. dreadlk's Avatar
      dreadlk -
      IMO this is just never going to happen in a legit way.
      To Generate and update maps cost much more money than people are willing to spend for an Iphone based system so even if the App store was to pick up this prg, as pointed out before it would cost about $100 plus a annual map charge of probably another $50-$100.

      The only way this is going to ever work is if it's a Cydia app and the maps are "borrowed" from some larger company.
    1. jweinograd's Avatar
      jweinograd -
      If several companies can sell their hardware and software units for under $100 but software alone must cost over $100? I understand the economies of scale objection but come on.

      Another argument is Apple doesn't want to host 800MB of data for us to download (bandwidth is costly). I figure they can just charge a little extra for it to make up for it.

      I figure they don't think we want the turn by turn badly enough to pay for it... but we do.