As promised in September, Navigon has announced the release of version 2.0 of its navigation apps for the iPhone and iPad. The new version includes a new MyMaps feature to allow users to download only the maps needed to save storage space as well as a redesigned menu system. To mark the availability of version 2.0, Navigon has also reduced the price of its line of iOS apps significantly from now through November 30.
- Fully refined and even easier to use UI
- Free map update for all
- MyMaps: Install only the maps you need*
- Fresh Maps XL: Quarterly map data update (In App Purchase)
If you already own any of the Navigon apps, the upgrade to 2.0 is free. After you update, you’ll be prompted to select the maps to download to your device. You can start with only the state or region you need and start using the app right away or choose to download several at once to save you time later. Whatever you choose to do, you can always go back to the Map Manager to add or delete maps as needed. Though you don’t need an internet connection to get navigation guidance, you will need one to download maps. If you’re on a metered data plan, you may want to plan ahead to download maps in advance while you have a Wi-Fi connection.
Navigon’s demo video highlights the new features in 2.0 and also shows how the Map Manager works:
A new map updates subscription is available via in-app purchase in version 2.0. For $14.99 (this is an introductory price that will increase later this month), users can purchase the FreshMaps XL to get map updates quarterly over the next two years.
After trying several different navigation apps for the iPhone, Navigon’s remain one of my favorites. While I appreciate that Navigon wants to make the app’s footprint more manageable on mobile devices where storage space can be at a premium, I kind of miss the simplified approach of having the maps for all of North America available at any time without any need to plan ahead to download maps. However, I’m liking the revised interface so far, particularly how it makes some menu options easier to access, like the turn-by-turn list of directions for your current destination.
With the sale prices in effect to celebrate the release of 2.0, now is a great time to snag the Navigon app for your area. For a full list of all of Navigon’s iOS offerings, click here.