Windows Phone - 25 February 2013
Author: Kristofer Brozio

So it seems Windows Phone 8 users now have another choice when it comes to GPS navigation, CoPilot has just been announced for it now. Price on their website is $29.99, which I don’t think is too bad. Personally I like using a stand alone GPS program they seem to work much better. I recently tried the built-in one on my Windows Phone and really didn’t care for it as it seemed a bit confused as to where exactly I was and where I wanted to go.

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Mobile World Congress – ALK Technologies, a leading provider of navigation and GeoLogistics™ software, is pleased to announce that its award-winning CoPilot® GPS navigation apps for smartphones and tablets will be available for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

CoPilot brings dependable voice-guided GPS navigation to Windows Phone 8 handsets and Windows 8 devices. Designed as an alternative to traditional in-vehicle systems, the app provides a full range of advanced turn-by-turn guidance features, comprehensive trip planning and automotive-grade street maps stored on-board the device for offline use.  Integral real-time ‘Live’ services include ActiveTraffic™, Yelp, Wikipedia and Google Search to keep drivers fully informed on the road.

“We’ve always been fans of Microsoft’s mobile solutions,” said David Quin, head of consumer applications at ALK Technologies. “CoPilot was originally developed for Microsoft’s Pocket PC and pioneered mobile navigation on Windows Mobile, so we are delighted to announce a new app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The Windows family of mobile devices is rapidly gaining momentum as an alternative to Android and iOS, and provides an ideal platform for us to deliver a full-featured and driver friendly CoPilot navigation experience.”

“Windows Phone is backed by a vibrant app ecosystem with a variety of quality titles, like CoPilot, which help people enjoy a smartphone that is uniquely theirs,” said Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Phone Apps, Microsoft Corp. “CoPilot is a great example of the rich applications that people can enjoy on their Windows Phones.”

CoPilot for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 brings a complete suite of advanced navigation features that can help make every journey easier, including:

  • Clear, non-distracting 3D map views with lane arrows and signpost display
  • ActiveTraffic™ calculates the fastest routes and accurate arrival times, based on live traffic flow information
  • CoPilot ClearTurn™ makes navigating complex junctions easy
  • On-screen speed limit indicator and excess speed warnings
  • Advanced trip planning with a choice of three routes and drag-and-drop route editing
  • Comprehensive local search with integrated Yelp, Wikipedia and Google
  • Global map regions available to purchase and store on the device as required

More information and images available here >
See CoPilot for Windows Phone 8 during Mobile World Congress 2013 at the CoPilot stand in hall 8.1, stand F6.

Availability: CoPilot is expected to launch on the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store in summer 2013 with the following versions:  ‘CoPilot Premium’ a paid app which includes turn-by-turn navigation and 12 months ActiveTraffic; ‘CoPilot GPS’ a free offline trip-planning and maps app with in-app purchase for turn-by turn navigation; and CoPilot Truck for truck-specific GPS navigation. Pricing will be in-line with existing CoPilot apps for iOS and Android.

For more information visit: www.alk.com









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