Navigon has just launched a version of its MobileNavigator app for Android mobile phones. Previously available only on the Apple iPhone, MobileNavigator has performed well in our tests of navigation apps, providing a navigation experience much like their standalone devices, which are no longer sold in the United States.
Navigon claims to be the first major app for the Android platform from an established navigation company.
MobileNavigator for the Android brings some interesting new features, including Reality Scanner, which lets users aim the phone’s camera at point of interest locations to find out more about them. It also includes Reality View Pro, which Navigon says brings enhanced photo-realistic 3D images of interchanges and intersections. And the Traffic Live feature uses crowd-sourced traffic data from other device users to provide real-time traffic information and offer up to three alternative routes and travel times. A red light camera feature gives drivers advanced warning of red light and speed cameras.
Other features familiar to the iPhone version of MobileNavigator include text-to-speech to announce streets by name, live Google search for points of interest, and pedestrian mode for navigating on foot.
MobileNavigator is compatible with Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, 2.1, 2.2. The application requires a minimum of 30 MB of free RAM and about 1.5 GB storage space for maps, voices, and other assets.
MobileNavigator for the Android is available now in the Android Market and at Google Checkout, with an introductory price of $39.99. After that, the price goes up to $59.99.