Telenav's Scout App Switches to OpenStreetMaps
Telenav today announced that its Scout mobile mapping application will use OpenStreetMaps data moving forward. OpenStreetMaps is crowd-sourced and updated constantly with changes to roads, streets, and avenues in near-real time by 1.6 million contributors. Telenav said Scout for iOS will see OpenStreetMaps integration by the end of the week. Users won't need to perform an app update, the app will simply pull map data from OpenStreetMaps rather than its traditional map source. The Android version of Scout will be updated to OpenStreetMaps by June. To make this possible, Telenav has rebranded the skobbler GPS navigation application (which was the first to make use of OpenStreetMaps data) and integrated it into Scout. Telenav purchased skobbler earlier this year. Scout is free and offers navigation features as well as local points-of-interest search. It is often pre-loaded on Sprint smartphones. Telenav also released a new SDK for Scout Maps, which will let developers to integrate OpenStreetMaps and navigation features into their own applications.
Google Maps Gains New Offline/Roaming Powers
Google today launched two new features for Google Maps for Android: a Wi-Fi Only mode, and the option to store offline map data on removable memory cards. Together, the two features are especially useful for those traveling overseas, where data roaming is expensive.
Google Maps Transit Navigation Adds Wheelchair-Compatible Routes
Google today updated Google Maps public transit navigation with support for wheelchairs. The company asked its Local Guides to begin adding wheelchair/accessibility data to Maps last fall.
Google Maps Adds Mario Time for Navigation
Google today updated Google Maps for Android and iOS with a fun feature: Mario. Once users update to the latest version of Maps, they'll be able to turn on Mario Time for navigation.
Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze
Google today made Waze available within Android Auto. The new integration means those who prefer Waze to Google Maps can take advantage of Waze via their car's in-dash infotainment center.
Google Adds Real-Time Tabs to Google Maps for Android
Google today updated its Google Maps app for Android devices with new tab-based tools meant to help access real-time information with a single tap. Moving forward, three tabs appear at the bottom of Maps' home screen: places, driving, and transit.