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Skobbler - iPhone OpenStreetMap app is now free


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 14 Jun 2010

pocketgpsworld.comSkobbler, the OpenSource navigation app, that launched in the UK Appstore last month has now become a free app.

Using OpenStreetMap data, Skobbler allows motorists and other users to report map errors and make corrections that are fed back to the OpenStreetMap community for the benefit of all users.

Map are delivered over the air (OTA) and so you benefit from constantly updated and improved map data as the user base grows. When launched in Germany, Skobbler quickly became the No1 selling navigation app for iPhone and has now achieved the same accolade in the US appstore.

With your corrections being incorporated into the master OpenStreetMap data you can see your efforts benefit all other users. Now, instead of having to wait months or even years for corrections to be incorporated you will see your edits reflected in the master data within days.

Available now, free of charge in the Appstore . For more information visit the Skobbler web-site at www.skobbler.co.uk.

Comments
Posted by PaulB2005 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:48 pm Reply with quote

Hmm. Still 1.19 in the App Store...

Still not bad price...


 
Posted by bedbug on Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:33 pm Reply with quote

PaulB2005 Wrote:
Hmm. Still 1.19 in the App Store...


Look for the lite version - cost me nowt!


iPhone 4/4S (iOS 5.1.1); TomTom Western Europe (1.10)/USA & Canada (1.10); CoPilot for iPhone (8), UK mapping, Mac OS 10.8/XP Pro/Win7; Tongue often firmly in cheek!

 
Posted by PaulB2005 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Ah right got it now... Thanks


 
Posted by NickG on Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:11 am Reply with quote

It's not free, they've reduced the price from 1.89 to 1.19.
Edit: Oh I see - there's a free version of the paid app, plus they've made the made the paid one cheaper... Smile


Twitter: @nickg_uk

 
Posted by PaulB2005 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:20 am Reply with quote

Phew! Not just me then Wink


 
Posted by M8TJT on Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:55 am Reply with quote

News Team Wrote:
Now, instead of having to wait months or even years for corrections to be incorporated you will see your edits reflected in the master data within days.
So now you can block the M25 in seconds then?? Shocked


 
Posted by NickG on Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:02 pm Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
So now you can block the M25 in seconds then?? Shocked


Yes - this could be a major problem. If a truck drives through a village, a villager could delete the road or block it. All the same problems we have had with Wikipedia.


Twitter: @nickg_uk

 
Posted by mikealder on Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:27 pm Reply with quote

I think you will find that OSM take their data changes very seriously and any rubbish won't get in to the main map release, this isn't a system anything like "Share Map" (Swap the words to get the true meaning) - Mike


 
Posted by G1LIW on Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:12 pm Reply with quote

I work from time to time helping with the OSM data capture (i.e., collecting gps track logs, POI notes, and so on, and uploading them, as part of the London Mapping Effort.

Map Abuse is a valid concern, but there have been, and are still, measures being taken to combat this. More than that, I can't comment, as I frankly don't know what they are, as it's something that's well above my pay grade, as we used to say back in the day ;). I can say that it's been mentioned in the forums there, and in the meetings the London group has on our mapping effort days, but that's about it.

There is, though, one main problem with the OSM: This is that it's volunteers that help update the map, and therein lies the problem - there aren't enough volunteers, so updates to the less travelled and volunteer-laden areas will tend to be few and far between. Aside from that, it's an excellent project, and I for one cannot wait until a windows mobile version of one of the satnav packages out there starts to support it!


Roger, G1LIW
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android Smartphone | SatNav Sygic for Android | Waze for Android | CamerAlert for Android | Blog http://rogersblant.blogspot.com/

 
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