Navigon Update adds MyMaps into the mix


If you're looking for a solid navigation app for your Windows Phone, NAVIGON (here's our review) will definitely fit the bill. While it's a feature rich app that downloads its maps to your Windows Phone, it required 1.6gb of storage and costs $49.99 (US version). Yes, I did say required.

NAVIGON has released an updated version (version 4.1) that adds a few features, most notably, MyMaps. MyMaps is a map manager that now allows you to install only the maps you need. If you only need maps for Hawaii, you'll only need 7.6mb of storage. There is an initial download about 300mb in size for system files.


Still, the update can save you a lot of memory. Adding Alabama and Florida (my more commonly used maps) reduced my storage need from 1.6gp to just under 400mb.  Along with MyMaps, two additional features are included with the NAVIGON update.

Active Lane Assistant: Displayed in the lower right corner of the map view, the animation reflects the current lane configuration and allows drivers to see ahead. An orange line indicates the way the driver should follow.

Live Weather: Updates and reports current weather conditions along the route and at the destination in real-time. Temperature and weather condition icons appear in the route overview screen before navigation, and three-day forecast is available.

You also have some internal tweaks that optimized positioning performance. All in all the update makes NAVIGON a more attractive choice for your Windows Phone navigation app.

Oh and as an added bonus, NAVIGON is having a Holiday Promotion. From December 15th to January 5th the US version's pricing drops from $49.99 to $29.99 and the European version drops from 84.99€ to 59.99€.

You can find the US version of NAVIGON here and the European version here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. 

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Reader comments

Navigon Update adds MyMaps into the mix


yes, they updated iOS version similarly. you can download selected states..but the downside is you will not get free map updates - instead needs to sign up for a quarterly map update for $10 or $20.

Why is European version almost three times pricier than US (not twice, Gmotagi, because 1 EUR = 1,3 USD)? As I'd like to have Navigon just to be sure for cases I forget my PNA, it's simply just to expensive to buy only Czech Republic (smaller than South Carolina) for this price. And than I'm not talking about the regular price, because 90 € is absolutely insane. That is a price for a low-end PNA with navigation software (TomTom, iGo etc) onboard.

I agree 100%. This app isn't fully featured - screen display is too small, it doesn't pause music when reading instructions over bluetooth, triple the price of nearly any other more polished options on other platforms and up against Nokia Maps?  It's £72.99 in the UK by the way, which is mental - that's the same as $112, so nearly 4 times the price of the US version? Why exactly?
I will just put my money towards the next Nokia phone thanks. Free updates for life.

I bought this initially when it first came out and turned out to be my first test of the apparent no refund policy from Microsoft. What this did tell me is Microsoft do infact refund if you make them aware in the first 24 hours of purchase of your displeasure which I did. It was £40 pounds at the time I purchased so if it is indeed £73 that is mental.
My problem with this app is despite the mental price which pretty much is the price of a standalong GPS unit it did not support full postcode support and in the UK that is critical it is not an extra. Even the cheapest standalone unit purchased in the UK is going to have full postcode support as standard.
I am happy that I now have the Nokia Drive app and I no longer have to rely on this.
Outside of the price and the full postcode support it was an adequate offline GPS navigator but now that GPS turn by turn is available and Nokia Drive is likely to be made available I simply could not recommend it.