skobbler Updates GPS Navigation 2

skobbler has unveiled version 4.1 of its GPS Navigation 2 turn-by-turn satnav app for Apple devices.

The app, which costs £0.69, offers free, automatic map updates, and in V4.1, users who have opted to install maps to their device for offline use can download the latest OpenStreetMap data  for free. As a result, says skobbler, whether navigating online or offline, GPS Navigation 2 users have access to the most consistently updated map of the world for life, for free.

skobbler notes that  OSM maps are now becoming as detailed, if not more so, than most commercially- available maps thanks to the constant input and updates provided by the skobbler and OSM community.

“We’re very happy with the great success of GPS Navigation 2 to date,” says skobbler co-founder, Philipp Kandal. “The incredible evolution of the OpenStreetMap project, which has again seen significant two-digit percentage quality increases in several areas that are essential for us in the short period since GPS Navigation 2 launched, make it truly the most dynamic digital map on the planet. This can only benefit our customers as we continue to provide them with frequent updates at no cost, especially when you consider that our map updates are always current at the time of release.”

GPS Navigation 2 features the world’s first ‘hybrid’ system, enabling both online and offline navigation. Users can opt to install maps directly to a device to avoid problems caused by data connection loss in locations with poor reception, and potentially offer significant savings on data charges to a mobile. Maps of countries, continents, or the whole world can also be installed and removed as necessary to allow users to tailor the package to their specific travel needs and manage limited storage capacity on mobiles. skobbler has attracted 2m customers to date, and seen 380,000 UK downloads in the last three weeks alone.

In response to user feedback, the app offers dedicated pedestrian orientation, one of the most requested features in skobbler’s IdeaLog, which allows users to let skobbler know directly what needs to be improved and what should be included in future updates. In addition to iPhone and iPad, skobbler has also updated the app to work with GPS devices for the iPod Touch for the first time. And just in time for Christmas, the voices of Wallace and Gromit are now available for customers who want to customise their sat nav.