First look - Sygic GPS Navigation now a Windows 10 universal app in open beta!
What's cooler than a free navigation app for Windows Phone? One that works everywhere and that's what just happened with Sygic. Sygic GPS Navigation is coming out in the next week, but you can get your hands on the open beta.
Sygic GPS Navigation now works with Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 desktop for your PC, Surface and laptop too. As always, Sygic is free with offline maps powered by TomTom. Of course, there is always a small catch, and that is if you want advanced features like live traffic and Head-Up Display (HUD) you'll have to grab those add-ons through the store within the app.
We've playing with Sygic for the last few days and are coming away impressed. Check out our hands-on video to see it all in action on the Lumia 1520 and Surface Pro 4.
The animation for the Sygic maps is very smooth and the ability to do searches, pin location to your Start screen and even use Cortana make it worthwhile. Probably my favorite feature is the necessary lane-assist ability that guides you into the right lane before your exit or turn. We just used it to navigate to the Microsoft Store, and it got us around some tricky spots with ease.
For those on phones with low memory, you should be able to download and install the maps to your SD card for offline usage. Worldwide maps are available for the following countries:
Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Canary Islands, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy,Israel, India, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Reunion, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Other features include:
- High-quality TomTom maps stored on the device
- Works with GPS only, the internet is not needed
- Turn-by-Turn voice guided navigation
- Millions of free pre-installed POIs
- Free map updates & Free POI database updates
- Free updates of Fixed speed cameras
- Head-up Display (HUD) available as in-app purchase
- Spoken Street Names to focus on the road
- Three Alternative Routes to choose from
- Easy Drag & Drop route editing
- Waypoints for places you want to visit
- Avoid Toll Roads on your route
- Dynamic Lane Guidance for safe lane changes
- Junction View to highlights highway exists
- Warnings for exceeded Speed Limit
- Warnings for fixed speed cams
- Police trap warnings from other drivers
- 3D Cities & Landscape for easy orientation
- Pedestrian Navigation to walk and explore
- Graphics optimized for tablet & HD displays
- Car Audio Integration – Bluetooth or cable
Overall, Sygic is a fun app to use, and it's great to see the universal app model being supported. Expect the final version out sometime next week, but for now grab the beta and give it a spin on your phone or tablet and let us know what you think!
Download Sygic Windows 10 universal app (opens in new tab)
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Personally I've had numerous occasions where I thought I knew better than Waze, based on my personal knowledge of the area I live in, and was dumbstruck of how Waze's traffic information was dead on accurate...
On other occasions, new roads which were just opened minutes ago, were already mapped and recognized as a valid rout by Waze.
So, I guess Waze's accuracy just depends on the country you live in and in the commitment of the local Waze community...
Tom Tom + Sygic maps
Teleatlas, Google streetview, Navteq? offline maps
yes global maps
yes data size (example the netherlands-benelux)
246,9 Mb-563,3 Mb
99,80 Mb-177,9 Mb Free app and maps
yes (7 days free trial) price
free trial, price 40 euro for global maps after that (price increased after deal) voice
yes (female) HUD
traffic, 3D, 2D, North up, POIs on map
traffic, 3D, 2D, lane assist, junction assist, current street, informationn pane (left-middle-right) traffic info
yes route alternative
yes (indirectly: quickest, shortest, fastest)
yes (directly: shows you three route alternatives befor navigation starts) lane assist
No (only does zoom at junctions and turns)
yes pedestrian navigation
no bicycle navigation
no public transport navigation
no adress bar data input
city-street-number (random order possible, no punctuations necessary)
city-postcode,street,number (fixed order) access to contacts
No access to adresses offline
yes acces of POIs offline
Yes (within a 25 km radius of current gps coordinates) portrait/landscape support
yes instant rerouting when drving wrong direction
yes map updates
yes day/night maps
yes smooth navigation animations
yes navigation voice under lockscreen
no This is what I've experienced with both gps navigation apps on windows phone 8.1. on my lumia 1520.
Here Drive Offline POI
Yes Contacts adresses access
I wrote several requests to support but don`t receive
answer till today.
And not any help from Microsoft too.