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Update to Garmin Streetpilot adds FourSquare to the mix

Garmin Streetpilot, the popular Windows Phone navigation app, has been updated to add a few new features to the mix. Most notably Foursquare, Facebook and Wikipedia integration.

While there isn't an official change log, here are some features we've noticed.

  • Create and save routes with multiple stops with Trip Planner
  • 3D building map layer
  • Public transportation is now displayed on the map as a layer
  • Wikipedia links map layer
  • Facebook and 4Square integration allowing you to check in/out of locations
  • Use of the compass (device dependent) 

We've also noticed the start-up time and overall speed of Garmin Streetpilot has improved as well.  Throw in a few cosmetic changes to the map view and the update covers a lot of territory.

Garmin Streetpilot for Windows Phone

Oh, speaking of cosmetic changes you have downloadable voices that includes a Yeti, Elfred the Elf and Dr. Nightmare voice.  You also have a healthy choice of automobile icons to download ranging from Star Wars to Sponge Bob icons.  While the update adds a lot to Garmin Streetpilot, I still wouldn't mind seeing downloadable apps come into play at some point.

There is a free trial version available for Garmin Streetpilot and the full version will run you $29.99. You can find Streetpilot here at the Windows Phone marketplace.  If you find something we've missed with this update, feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

QR: Garmin Streetpilot

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Update to Garmin Streetpilot adds FourSquare to the mix

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Are we still unable to download maps? Dealbreaker. If you are going to somewhere far off that you have no clue as to where you are at, and find that you have no signal....then what? Bread crumbs?

You only need an Internet connection when planning the route. It will download at that all the route information you need to continue to navigate in the event you lose your internet connection.

I bought the Navgon because I do go on multiple state trips and can't have the loss of the maps in the middle of nowhere. Other than that, how do you feel the two compare (that is if you have had the opportunity to use both). Thanks..

Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity for both, but in my opinion i would still go for the Garmin... Although i prefer jelly beans to bread crumbs =P

  • Maps are better, smoother GUI
  • I don't like all the POIs cluttered on the map, looks terrible
  • I like the overall look of Garmin better. Subjective, yes, but Navigon is just too blocky
  • I don't like how there's no "directions list" so I can see the roads/turns I'll be taking in advance (if it's there, I can't find it)
  • Garmin is just more polished (download voices, icons, , airport, etc.)

Don't get me wrong, Navigon is a nice app too. But I just find Garmin's navigation smoother, easier to read and better directions. 

I do find the "voice" better on Navigon though. Much clearer and offline is preffered, no dobut.

I was just thinking to myself not two days ago that I wish they would update this... Glad they did, it is a nice improvement.

Eck. No traffic support (yet) and no avoidance of tolls are killers for me in NY metro.

Other than that, it is nice. It just needs more "stuff".

I like the update a lot; the maps are much better looking & show more detail (such as more secondary roads/side streets) & look, in my opinion, a lot like Google Navigation maps on Android phones!

However, having said that, I got a chance to try it out on a trip today (I drive a tractor-trailer for a living), and it lost the GPS signal a LOT, almost every time I made a turn from one street to another! Also, if I was driving pretty much in a continuous straight line for some distance, it seemed to lose the GPS signal roughly every 5 minutes or so. It usually got it back after a minute or two & recalculated the route, but at one point this morning, it showed me about 30 miles from where I was actually at; it showed me nearly at the end of my route!

I'm going to try it out again tomorrow.

I use it on an AT&T Focus S.

Garmin is a company I loathe, and yet I own one of their GPS devices. They're customer support is terrible and they don't care if their devices go out on the market with major flaws. Many people have these problems...I'm on my second Garmin after the first one was replaced and this second restarts while driving and it's slow and sluggish.
 
I know this isn't exactly relevant to the app, but I just want people to know what kind of company they're dealing with if they buy this app. Most people shouldn't have to deal with company if they just have the app, though, so it's probably not a big deal..

When one types "FourSquare is" into Google, it completes the search string with the most commonly used, appropiate and in this case accurate adjectives (e.g. stupid, dead, lame, etc.).