TeleNav Introduces Free HTML5 Browser-Based Navigation Service

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    TeleNav has launched a browser-based turn-by-turn navigation service for mobile phones written in HTML5. The service will be free for consumers and developers of mobile websites and apps will be able to integrate turn-by-turn directions into their products.


    TeleNav plans to launch the service in early 2012, but is accepting applications from interested developers at

    Article Link: TeleNav Introduces Free HTML5 Browser-Based Navigation Service
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    I already knew that it was possibly for it to do so, but I would still like to know how it possible that HTML5 can locate you.
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    Well hell. I'm impressed.
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    It should probably read:
    "has launched...for developers"
    "plans to launch the service in early 2012 for everyone else"
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    Perhaps this will encourage Tomtom to drop their app fee. Although I would still prefery regular GPS. Rather than having a call screw up the directions. Not to mention eat up my data.

    I wonder does the Tomtom app actually store the full map locally? That could make it more useful than this.
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    Yes, the TomTom app stores all the maps on the phone, the main reason why the App is 1.7gigs. I bought the TomTom for that reason; if I'm traveling, I'm more likely to have GPS signal than data.
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    I'll stick with the garmin app. I like have maps stored locally on my device.
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    Both CoPilot (a paid app) and NavFree (a freebie) also store maps locally.

    CoPilot Live Premium HD for the USA is something like 1.5GB.

    Navfree Live USA is 1.9GB, but I will note that there are certain individual state apps, so you don't have to download the entire country. For example, Navfree Live California is just 235MB, a more manageable download. One could add additional states when traveling (assuming Navfree offers them).
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    I use Navigon, and fortunately, during the latest drastic update, they made it so you could manage the maps on your device, only storing the maps for the states that you need, and downloading or deleting any maps as needed or not-needed. Much better than the old app that hogged a few GB on my iPhone.
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    Potentially interesting, but will have to see what the API looks like.
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    But garmin does not store the maps locally, like tomtom or navigon, right?
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    I'm sure that Garmin and Tom Tom will find some reason to sue....

    How do you compete with someone who gives away your product for free?
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    I think its stored on my phone, it's shows that it's taking up 2.2gb of space.
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    Make your product worth the cost.

    IE, that's why people use Mac OS X even though many flavors of Linux are free.

    But I'm curious... why is this company offering free navigation? They're not bringing in ad money like Google (or are they?) and it's not a built in selling point like the maps app for iPhone...

    Actually, if they're bringing in ad money, this could be huge. They just write the plugin and then any developer who uses the plugin is handing them money...
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    Are you on wifi? Because if so that will always be an approximation.
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    This is great but absolutely useless if you have no Internet access because you can't use it. And i'm surprised they didn't mention traffic updates. I believe the idea here is to get lots of users on board then get lots of advertisers and flood the thing with Ads. No surprise there. No thanks, I'll stick with my TomTom iPhone app.

    To the user asking, yes TomTom stores all maps locally on your phone so you don't need Internet access to use the app, you just need the app and GPS signal.

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    Some of these download-maps-on-demand GPS navigation apps will allow you to prefetch/cache maps before you commence your journey to minimize cellular data usage.

    Waze does this to a limited degree (you can refresh your local map cache in the settings). MotionX GPS Drive will allow you to prefetch and/or simulate the journey which will download map tiles. The latter app has user defined settings on how much you want the app to reserve for cached maps.

    A third app called skobbler is a hybrid. It allows you to work in online "download-as-you-go" mode for 99 cents. Offline maps are in-app purchases.
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    This looks pretty cool.
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    Not exactly. There's many of us that are using Mac's just because we like the hardware and just run OSX because it happens to come with it. Personally I'd be running FreeBSD unix if I had a choice. OSX though works good as an end user operating system though so I'm happy to run it. That's for another thread though. ;)
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    It's possible to launch an audio stream that just stays open, and have the server-side generate the audio as a continuous stream. Yes, the user would have to click "play" up front to start the stream, but once the stream is going, Safari would continue to play it in the background, just like any other browser-launched audio.

    It would be a "live stream", not a recording, where the web page would send events to the server to trigger it adding the voice to the already-going stream.

    (Note: I have no inside knowledge, that's just my guess of one way to accomplish an "interactive audio" session that falls within Apple's HTML5 audio guidelines.)
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    As of right now I think I'll stick with Waze

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