Back in December, we brought you the news that Sygic was poised to bring their GPS Navigation app to Windows Phone. For the last few weeks, it has been in an active private beta but today it is available to everyone, worldwide.
Sygic GPS Navigation was the first Nav app for the iPhone back in 2009 and today their app is powering 75 million users on Android and iOS. Now, Windows Phone users get access to Sygic's extensive mapping data (provided by TomTom), which excels in regions where others tend to fail, especially in Eastern Europe. Sygic also has an attractive speedometer app for Windows Phone that can be much fun.
I have been using Sygic GPS Navigation for a few weeks now, and it is something to try.
Sygic GPS Navigation is full-featured and free, including offline maps. The thing I like about it is the animation and frame-rate, which plays very smoothly on Windows Phone. The app is also very responsive and intuitive to use. Key features of the free version include:
- High quality TomTom maps stored on the device
- Works with GPS only, 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 speedcams
- 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
As you can see, the feature list for Sygic is rather impressive. Whether it is the 3D view, lane guidance (that I consider necessary these days), alternate routes, and more Sygic has what all the other big third-party navigation apps have with their twist.
Sygic does offer reasonable in-app purchases for advanced items like:
- Full-featured voice guided navigation for life ($19.99 for North America, $24.99 for Europe, etc.)
- Heads up Display for $9.99
- Traffic information $19.99 per year
The traffic information is rather expensive, but then again at $20 a year it is certainly doable. I consider traffic information, and the ability to dynamically alter your route based off of it, very important for GPS navigation apps, so I always grab it.
Overall, I like Sygic's GPS Navigation app for Windows Phone. It is not a straight port, and Sygic took their time to get the app right for Windows Phone users. It has proper Store in-app purchases, HD graphics for high-end phones, and a level of optimization that makes recommending this app relatively easy.
The best part is Sygic GPS Navigation is free to download and use, even offline, so you do not need to take my word for it. Grab it yourself, take it out on the road, and see if it fits your needs.
- Download Sygic GPS Navigation for Windows 8.1 (Free, optional in-app purchases)
Sygic Broadens Global Reach by Taking on New Market
Sygic unveils Sygic GPS Navigation for Windows Phone
Bratislava, Slovakia – January 27, 2015 – Navigation trailblazer Sygic is thrilled to announce that Sygic GPS Navigation is now available for Windows Phone. This much-anticipated release places the latest in cutting-edge GPS technology, innovative design and premium Sygic amenities at the fingertips of Windows Phone users for the first time. The chart-topping Sygic GPS Navigation is now the most accessible hybrid navigation application for smart devices and connected cars ever created for the mass market.
The Windows Phone app release is an impressive kickoff to 2015 for Sygic GPS Navigation users. Its release is the realization of extraordinary development and is one of many culminating achievements of a successful 2014. Now available on every foremost mobile operating system in the world, Sygic GPS Navigation has a massive 75 million users worldwide. Sygic reached a record 100% increase of users in 2014, indicating peak performance for the renowned company known for its visionary software and pioneering capabilities.
Sygic is dedicated to its mission of navigating every driver across the world, and Windows Phone accessibility marks a momentous step towards this mission. The company is expected to reach over 150 million users by the end of 2015 and will continue to introduce new innovative features throughout the year.
Sygic's renowned navigation precision and world-class user experience helps users navigate, explore and discover with confidence. The company boasts the most downloaded multi-platform navigation application in the world since its market entrance as the very first navigation app for iOS in 2009. Sygic GPS Navigation for every platform is fully customizable and affords users groundbreaking design, unmatched map-centric programming and lightning fast operation.
"We are thrilled to announce our Windows Phone application release and we cannot thank our devoted customers enough for their inspiration, feedback and support. Our team is committed to ensuring that Sygic GPS Navigation never loses sign of its promise: state-of-the-art technology, design and functionality. Today, Sygic is honored to boast unparalleled GPS technology, freedom from data restrictions and stunning user interface; tomorrow, we look forward to unveiling further visionary developments for each and every mobile operating system," said Michal Štencl, CEO of Sygic. "I would like to thank all members of our team for their amazing engagement and passion in the last year."
Windows Phone users have access to several Sygic GPS Navigation premium features including Speed Cameras, Head-up Display and Real-Time Traffic updates, with further exciting additions to be unveiled later in 2015. Sygic believes in the future of connected cars and technology like MirrorLink and plans to radically increase its presence particularly within the automotive industry in 2015.
With 75 million users worldwide and counting, Sygic is proud to be the leader in global GPS navigation.
Sygic develops hybrid navigation for smart devices and connected cars with auspicious growth projected for the next 5-10 years. Connected GPS navigation software trusted by millions of customers worldwide. Sygic was the first company to provide turn-by-turn navigation for the iOS platform in 2009 and boasts the most comprehensive offline navigation maps on the market. With more than 75 million unique users is Sygic GPS Navigation most trusted navigation app for Android and iOS.
Sygic Business Solutions as specialized division of Sygic is focused on developing professional solutions for customers in fields of transportation, logistics, mobile workforce, automotive, utilities, emergency and communal services.
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sygic has been recognized as a Deloitte Fast 50 Company for fastest growing IT companies in Central Europe for five consecutive years and in 2011 was added to Deloitte's Fast 500 EMEA listing as well. To learn more about Sygic offerings, visit http://www.sygic.com.
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