Navigon, the maker of personal navigation devices and apps for multiple smartphone platforms, announced at the IFA conference in Berlin over the weekend that it will be releasing updates to its iOS apps that include an interface overhaul and new map management features.
A screenshot included with the press release hints at the revised interface with a new menu system and a sleeker look. Navigon promises that the new interface will be more intuitive and easy to use as well:
Similar to the newly introduced NAVIGON Flow navigation software in the PND segment, NAVIGON has also enhanced its smartphone apps with regard to clarity and intuitive operation. The new user interface features a clear structure and allows users to switch easily between the individual menus. Furthermore, particularly in relation to the iPhone, menus and the map can be controlled by advanced multi-touch operation. “Innovative functions only lead to increased comfort when they can be operated intuitively,” says Gerhard Mayr. “With our new app generation we are setting standards in this respect.”
Though Navigon has not released any official preview videos of the upcoming overhauled apps, Pocket GPS World captured a demo of the Flow interface on one of Navigon’s own personal navigation device models at IFA:
If this is any indication of what will come to the iPhone and iPad, several commonly-used menu options will be more easily accessible without needing to leave the map guidance view.
The new version of the apps will also allow users to update maps for a fee every two years and save device storage space by offering the ability to download only the map sections that are needed.
Navigon’s iOS apps first debuted in the App Store in 2009 and have been regulars in the Top 200 Paid Navigation apps for most of that time. I’ve personally tried several of the navigation apps in the App Store and have found MobileNavigator, while not perfect, to be the most reliable and accurate the majority of the time for my needs.
Navigon has stated that the updates will be released within the next few weeks and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ll feature iOS 5 compatibility at this point given how close we are to the release of this version of iOS.