Telenav Acquires Open-Source Mapmaker Skobbler
Telenav has acquired Skobbler for $23.8 million in cash and stock. Skobbler, which is based in Germany, runs a crowd-sourced OpenStreetMaps application. OpenStreetMaps uses data supplied by the public to help create the most accurate and up-to-date maps possible. Telenav expects to add Skobbler and its development team to its own mapping and navigation products, including Scout. Scout often appears as a preloaded app on Sprint smartphones.
Google to Crowd-Source Accessibility Data for Maps
Google today added a tool to Google Maps that makes it easier for people to add details concerning accessibility. The Google Maps app for Android allows people to add this data via the "Your Contributions" section by tapping "uncover missing info." Sorting options under that heading include accessibility, where people can add details such as whether or not locations have wheelchair-accessible entrances, wheelchair-accessible elevators, wheelchair-accessible seating, and wheelchair-accessible parking.
HERE Maps Updated for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
Nokia today updated its HERE Maps products for the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms simultaneously. Nokia says there are "millions of changes" to the maps, but calls out a few specifics.
TomTom Parks New Nav App in Google Play Store
TomTom today released a new version of its navigation service for Android devices. TomTom Go Mobile boasts up-to-date maps for more than 100 countries with support for offline viewing, live traffic updates, safety camera locations, points of interest, and seamless syncing with contacts.
Apple Scoops Up Mapsense
Apple has purchased a small mapping company called Mapsense, reports Re/Code. Apple paid between $25 million and $30 million for the San Francisco-based firm, which "builds tools for analyzing and visualizing location data." The company's 12-person team will be folded into Apple's Cupertino headquarters.