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Sygic Announces Sygic Mobile 2009 for iPhone 3G

pocketgpsworld.comSygic have today announced the latest version of their navigation package, Sygic Mobile 2009 which will be launched at CeBIT 2009 next week.

Sygic Mobile 2009 adds support for Apple iPhone 3G and Sygic hope to be first to the market with a full turn-by-turn navigation solution for iPhone. Sygic say in their press release "Sygic is entering the AppStore to be the first on the market that offers full turn-by-turn navigation for Apple users." so it is not yet clear if the application has been submitted and approved already but we are seeking clarification.

Sygic software is gathering a growing band of supporters and it would seem that the company are both proactive and receptive to suggestions from its user-base, a refreshing change these days. The application (available for a number of mobile phone operating systems) has traffic and on the iPhone is landscape/portrait compatible using the tilt sensor.

Suggested retail price is €79 for Europe and USD $79 for North America. Features include:

  • Alerts when a user crosses international borders and instant delivery of key country information such as speed limits, currency and time zones;
  • Over 70 categories of POI information reaching well beyond the conventional lists of hotels and restaurants to include amusements parks and beaches, mountain peaks, tourist information centers and more;
  • Tailored navigation options for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians;
  • Voice guidance in more 20 languages.

We will be in attendance at CeBIT next week and will update this news item as more is revealed.

Posted by SpikeyMikey on Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:52 am Reply with quote

This is brilliant news as I got my iPhone upgrade yesterday.

Well done Sygic. Thumbs Up

Lets hope Apple approve it soon, although I remember at least Tom Tom had a working app a short while ago and nothing has come of that yet as far as I'm aware, so I'm not holding my breath. Good to see it has traffic functionality as well.

It would be nice if the Euro / £ exchange rate went a bit more in our favour too Wink

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Posted by Goober556 on Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:27 pm Reply with quote

Unless Apple have made a pretty big u-turn then this won't have any voice directions.

There is already turn-by-turn GPS software in the App Store and in the FAQ's on their website has this info:

"Currently, our application doesn't support turn by turn guidance including voice prompt. This is based on APPLE's strict strategy which prohibits any real time guidance. Once there’s any positive change in APPLE strategy, we'll support this function. Once there’s any positive change in APPLE strategy, we'll apply this function technically with no fail as well as free updates for this."


Posted by MaFt on Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:38 pm Reply with quote

indeed, xroad's G-Map is already available in the US app store...! no voice instructions though.


Posted by NickG on Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:32 pm Reply with quote

Unfortunately, it seems the GPS in the iPhone isn't good enough for providing turn by directions, so I guess this solution will require some kind of external GPS to work properly? The integrated GPS really struggles to get a lock if the phone is in a car, and pretty much never gets a lock when used in an urban canyon environment such as a town or city centre. I've only managed to obtain a lock a few times since I got the phone and most of the time when I've really needed it (in a car or while lost in woodland) it didn't manage to get a lock and fell back to using the location of the nearest mobile phone mast as an estimate.

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Posted by Goober556 on Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:53 pm Reply with quote

NickG Wrote:
Unfortunately, it seems the GPS in the iPhone isn't good enough for providing turn by directions, so I guess this solution will require some kind of external GPS to work properly?

My iPhone 3G gets a solid GPS lock in a car and using the in-built Maps app it can track my journey fine. Not real time turn-by-turn though.

The G-Map application mentioned above is visually real time turn-by-turn, it just doesn't have voice guidance due to the strict Apple policy.

Posted by NickG on Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:55 pm Reply with quote

Hmm, OK... maybe I've got a dodgy iPhone. I find getting a lock is very difficult, but if I turn on my ancient TomTom 910, it always just turns on and gets a lock in under a minute, or quicker if you've used it in the last few days.

Twitter: @nickg_uk

Posted by mikealder on Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:07 pm Reply with quote

Is your windscreen made of Athermic glass? this will attenuate the GPS signal so receivers of a lessor quality will struggle, the newer TomTom units (including the x10 series) operate quite well under this type of glass, but I know of others that don't work well at all - Mike

Posted by NickG on Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:10 pm Reply with quote

No it's standard glass and I've had the problem in two different cars and on the train... Once it gets a lock it's usually OKish, but it's getting it to get a lock in the first place which is a nightmare. I think the internal antenna is simply inadequate because apparently the chipset itself is reasonable and works OK in other devices (it's not one I recognised).

Twitter: @nickg_uk

Posted by Darren on Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:58 pm Reply with quote

Mine's fine, no issues with sat lock on a 250 mile drive today but it is a little slow to acquire and I admit I've yet to test it in an urban canyon environment.

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Posted by NickG on Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:04 pm Reply with quote

Well I tested it using the "GPS Tracker" application on the iPhone and compared it to the track from my QStarz Q1000 GPS recorder and the iPhone log noticably strayed away from the carrigageway on several occasions. This error margin was sometimes large enough such that any turn-by-turn software would have thought that I was on the adjacent road or perhaps off-road. If I can find the logs, I'll post a screenshot.

I might do some more testing because perhaps they've improved it since the 2.0 firmware somehow. The Qstarz seems to very quickly obtain a rock solid lock, wherever it's placed in the car. It can even maintain a lock in the glovebox somehow! If the iPhone's GPS was that good, I'd quite happily spend a bit of money on turn-by-turn nav software for it.

Twitter: @nickg_uk

Posted by MaFt on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:25 pm Reply with quote

the gps ('my location') stuff has been updated / changed in the 2.2 firmware to allow better access to the data for any apps... it could have made a difference?


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