Wow, how much can the mobile navigation market change in just a couple of days? Following Garmin’s announcement yesterday that they will develop navigation apps for multiple platforms, Navigon reveals that they are bringing MobileNavigator to the US Android marketplace. I thought perhaps that TomTom had decided to take on the free Google Maps Navigation juggernaut last week, but (as suspected) it turns out that they are only providing maps for HTC, and not navigation. So Navigon becomes the first top-tier navigation app maker to go mano-a-mano with Google, to see if folks will pony up or settle for what the search giant gives us for free.
To entice you, Navigon is including an augmented reality feature, dubbed Reality Scanner (above, left), superimposing POI icons on the view that your camera sees. Live traffic comes with no extra fees and maps are on board, taking up 1.5 GB of space, but ensuring map coverage when you are out of cell phone range. Adjustable speed warnings, Navigon’s MyRoutes (which learns from your driving habits) and red-light warnings are just a few of the bells and whistles found in the app.
How much will this set you back? $39.99 for the next two weeks, then it jumps to $59.99. There is the unfortunate Euro-centric caveat that the price is “subject to slight variations based on exchange rates between Euros and US Dollars.” I plan to be testing the app myself over the next few weeks and will post a full review. I’d love to see Android owners hit the comments section and tell us if you’ll be grabbing this (or any paid app).
More screenshots, and here is the full news release: