CoPilot Summer Sweepstakes: Enter for your chance to win a Lumia 520!

CoPilot fans, we’re sure you’ve heard the news that we are now supported on Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8! To celebrate being a part of WP8 and our newest update, we’d like to give our users some prizes!

 

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CoPilot Summer Sweepstakes – time to #switch?

 

Enter NOW for to win a CoPilot-ready Lumia 520 or one of our 14 CoPilot mobile navigation apps for iOS, Android or Windows Phone 8 – one app for every day of the contest!

 

CoPilot app winner(s) will be selected weekly via random drawing and the grand prize winner will be selected randomly among all the people who participated in contest which runs July 28 until August 10.

 

Competition winners will be announced on the CoPilot Facebook page, Google+ and Twitter – so remember to like or follow to see if you’re the lucky winner!

 

 

 How to enter:

 

 Twitter:

  • Tweet the following in Twitter  & Follow us @copilotlive_us to check if you have won:

Facebook:

 

  • Visit the CoPilot Live Facebook page to enter the competition
  • Fill out the competition form in Facebook for a chance to win
  • Tell your friends to play too – navigation app winners will be selected weekly!
  • We will be announcing weekly and grand prize winner(s) on our Facebook & G+ page – make sure to “like” us (or add us in your circle) to check if you have won.

 

Google +, using mobile or no social accounts?

 

Enter the competition here.

 

Good luck!

Fun Summer Travel Starts with CoPilot

Summer travel is in full swing. No matter where your destination, beach or park, you can depend on CoPilot to get you there. Enjoy the sand between your toes, the sun on your skin and CoPilot in your car.

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We’re giving you up to 10% off selected CoPilot apps until August 4th! Take advantage of this sale and the warm weather. You’ll also get 1 month of ActiveTraffic™ free – perfect for planning the best time to head to the beach to avoid sitting in traffic when you’re looking to relax!

Whether you’re a beach vacationer, adventure seeker, nature lover or sight seer, CoPilot can help you explore parts of Europe, USA and Canada, Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East or Australia this summer.

Take advantage of our sizzling summer deals in CoPilot GPS, with 10% off in-app map upgrades†. To get additional map regions, tap MyCoPilot > Features & Upgrades. Hurry, sale ends August 4th,  2013!

 

Wherever you’re headed this summer, we wish you safe travels!

 

† Requires upgrade to full voice-guided navigation first

CoPilot App Updates come to iOS, requires iOS 6

Our latest update, v 9.4.0.276, is available now for iOS users! Here’s what you get with our  free update:copilot-just-drive-iphone4_US

  • NEW! Connection Settings with an offline switch – We’re giving our users an offline switch to help you control your data costs. – abroad and at home. You are able to disallow all data, or choose options to enable and disable. The app also warns you if your mobile switches from WIFI to 3G. Just go to “Settings” -> “Cellular Data Usage” and choose which settings work for you.
  • NEW! Just Drive mode– for all the times your journey has no destination, this mode allows you to drive without a route but still provides you with your location and traffic on your road.
  • NEW! Closed road notification with ActiveTraffic™– If our traffic feed says there is a closed road on your route we now give an explicit pop-up notifying you about the closed road. The pop-up gives you an option to find an alternative route or close/ignore the pop-up.
  •  Automatic Cloud Backup
  • Updated and corrected Tunnel mode and other fixes

Following their exciting WWDC conference, Apple has made some changes to the requirements for detecting devices. Our CoPilot team has adjusted our process accordingly which means that all future app updates will work with devices equipped with iOS 6.0 or greater.copilot-data-settings-iphone4_US

Most of our users will be unaffected because every iPhone is that CoPilot runs on has iOS 6. If you have iOS 5, we strongly recommend updating to iOS 6 to continue using CoPilot and receiving all of our future updates.

For iPad (1st Generation) customers who are unable to update to a newer OS version: you can of course continue to use your CoPilot app exactly as before, but will be unable to update to a newer version of CoPilot on that device. You may wish to download the current app from the App Store to iTunes on your computer as a backup should you need it, as you may be unable to download and install it from the App Store to your device.

If you get a new iPad in the future, you’ll be able to simply re-download from the App Store and login to continue using it – and get future app updates.

Survive Amusement Park Adventures with CoPilot!

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Warm weather leads to outdoor fun and what’s a better way to spend your day then riding roller coasters? Amusement Parks can be an overwhelming place but with your CoPilot app and a few of our tips, we think you can get a pretty good handle on this massive carnival.

weather screenshotCheck the weather: Use CoPilot to check the weather before you leave, that way you can dress accordingly. It’s always a good idea to bring layers in case the weather changes once you arrive.

Park Smart: CoPilot can help you remember where you park, a feature that comes in handy after hours upon hours of being out in a crowd and in the sun.

Charging Case: Along with using CoPilot’s power saving mode, it may be worth it to invest in a case that protects and charges your phone if you’re going to be out of the house for hours at a time.

Waterproof your device…sorta: Keep your phone in a clear, plastic zip lock bag to ensure that it won’t get too wet when you’re on a water ride.

Map out the park: You know how to navigate, you use CoPilot after all! It’s easier to know where you’re headed before you get there and it saves time too! Another useful hint: Start at the back of the park and work your way to the front. Most parkgoers will start at the first ride they see which leads to long wait times for you!

Always pick a spot to meet: If anyone from your group should get lost, make sure to designate a place to meet.

And most importantly, remember to have fun!

Find Your Way to Fireworks This Fourth of July

Fireworks are a huge part of any Independence Day celebration with many towns offering spectacular displays for their citizens. Looking to find a place to catch the light show? Try your local paper or a quick Google Search to see the events in your area. Enter your destination into CoPilot, pack a couple of blankets and take in an amazing show! Here’s a list of major cities with renowned 4th of July firework showcases:

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If you’re near Philadelphia: The week long Welcome America Festival boasts appearances by Kevin Hart and big names in music like John Mayer and Ne-Yo. The display of fireworks on the Delaware River can be seen on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the river but the action happens at 10:30pm at the Ben Franklin Parkway.

If you’re near New York: Macy’s 37th annual 4th of July Fireworks show at the Hudson River is a huge draw for Big Apple patriots. With performances by top entertainers like Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw, the event is sure to be an illuminating showcase.

If you’re near Washington D.C.: Our nation’s capitol holds their celebration at the National Mall in an event they call “Capitol Fourth” complete with the National Symphony Orchestra whose music provides the perfect backdrop to a magnificent firework show.

If you’re near Addison, Texas: Kaboom Town!, a 30 minute firework extravaganza can be seen anywhere in  Addison and broadcast on all 170 restaurants in town.

If you’re near San Diego: The Big Bay Boom, an annual event located at the San Diego bay, can be seen from four different locations. Make your way to Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero or Seaport Village/Coronado Landing to watch the epic firework illustration.

If you’re near New Orleans: Fireworks in the Big Easy look grand over the Mississippi River. The best part about these pyrotechnics? They can be seen from many points throughout the city which is helpful to those looking to avoid a crowded downtown area.

If you’re near Saint Louis: Fair Saint Louis invites you to take in the sight of fireworks underneath the Gateway Arch! The 3 day event kicks off with live music from Trace Adkins, Brett Michaels and the Counting Crows along with many other fun family-friendly activities.

We hope you have an amazing Independence Day wherever you decide to go!

 

Helpful Hint: Cellular Data Usage

In a world where we can stream movies and music straight to our devices, data usage has become a concern for many users.

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We understand that data is a precious commodity among smartphone users. Here at CoPilot, we want you to be able to watch that really cute cat video on YouTube without worrying about our app contributing to your data decrease. Our new connection settings feature allows our users to control how much of their data CoPilot uses while helping you navigate the open road.

You can manage your Cellular Data Usage by tapping Settings -> Cellular Data Usage. Once there, you’ll have the option of enabling your treasurable data only for the services you wish to use. Please remember, when downloading our maps always connect to a WiFi network to avoid data charges.

 

Need more ways to minimize data? Check out CNET’s HowTo to help manage your data.

 

 

 

CoPilot in the News: June

June was an exciting and busy month here at CoPilot! We released our CoPilot GPS app for Windows Phone 8 and gave our Android and iOS users a new update and updated maps!

Here’s a comprehensive roundup of all the great reactions CoPilot received this month. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to write about us, we appreciate your support!

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Lost? CoPilot GPS now officially available for Windows Phone 8 by Daniel Rubino

“The popular navigation app brings yet-another solid choice to Windows Phone users who are looking for a concrete driving solution. Truth be told, we’ve been using the app for a few weeks now and have been quite impressed with its bold graphics, traffic integration (we really like the traffic bar to the right), voice navigation (yes, some of the voices even announce street names) and overall “smartness” of the app, including a ton of various configurations.”

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CoPilot 9.4.2 Update Has Arrived For Summer

CoPilot 9.4.2 iOS and Android App Update is here!

The new version brings you a free European & US map update, supports Android Swiftkey, introduces a new,  highly requested Just Drive mode and helps you control data usage with an offline switch. copilot-just-drive-iphone4_US

We are so excited to announce our latest update for our iOS, Android Google Play and Webstore customers. Our developers have been programming long and hard to bring you fixes and features.

CoPilot version 9.4.2 includes:

  •  Completely updated European and US Street maps – Follow these instructions to get your maps!
  • NEW! Connection Settings with an offline switch – We’re giving our users an offline switch to help you control your data costs. – abroad and at home. You are able to disallow all data, or choose options to enable and disable. The app also warns you if your mobile switches from WIFI to 3G. Just go to “Settings” -> “Cellular Data Usage” and choose which settings work for you.
  • NEW! Just Drive mode– for all the times your journey has no destination, this mode allows you to drive without a route but still provides you with your location and traffic on your road.copilot-data-settings_galaxy-nexus_US
  • NEW! Closed road notification with ActiveTraffic™– If our traffic feed says there is a closed road on your route we now give an explicit pop-up notifying you about the closed road. The pop-up gives you an option to find an alternative route or close/ignore the pop-up.
  •  Automatic Cloud Backup
  • Updated and corrected Tunnel mode
  •  Swiftkey support for Android
  •   …and plenty of other fixes for both Android and iOS!

 

Thank you to all of you who have sent us essential feedback, reported issues and shared great ideas to help us make CoPilot great! We’re happy to bring you this latest update and eager to hear your thoughts! Contact us in our user forum to share your suggestions or ideas for app improvements: http://forum.copilotgps.com/.

CoPilot v9.4.2 is available immediately for Android and will be available for iOS users shortly.

Enjoy the summer season with CoPilot and our new features – happy travels!

Developer’s Perspective – Bringing CoPilot to Windows Phone 8

 

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By Rob Irving, Senior Software Developer

 

 

For the past 5+ years as an ALK developer I’ve watched the smartphone ecosystem change at an incredible pace. CoPilot first began over 10 years ago on the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile platforms. Years later we were able to move to iOS and Android as those platforms expanded the Smartphone consumer market. The release of Windows Phone 7 really excited me, but limitations of the SDK prevented ALK from being able to develop a CoPilot application for the platform. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to support the platform, but we wanted to make sure we would have been able to create an experience worthy of the CoPilot name.

 

That’s why I was so excited when Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 SDK that would allow native app development. From that moment forward, we began initial plans to bring CoPilot to the Windows Phone 8 platform.

 

Microsoft publicly released the Windows Phone 8 SDK at their Build 2012 conference last October – right around the same time that the east coast had been hit by hurricane Sandy. My community didn’t suffer as much as many others did in New Jersey, only experiencing a few downed trees during the storm. Unfortunately, ALK’s HQ in Princeton was badly affected and many of us had to work remotely for a few days. This actually gave me the chance to devote time to install the Windows Phone developer tools and study the SDK documentation in detail. I started working to bring CoPilot to life on this exciting new platform for us.

 

lumia920_large_verge_medium_landscape_wMenuNow after 6+ months of late nights coding, and extensive testing on some great Windows Phones such as the Lumia 920, I and the rest of the ALK dev team are pleased and proud to see CoPilot become available to all Windows Phone 8 users on the Windows Phone store.

 

So what’s next?

The CoPilot development team are extremely passionate about the products we work on, and we always take note of the feedback we receive from our customers through the app stores, social networks and of course our support forum. Now that we are up and running on WP8 rest assured that we will work continuously to improve the app, so if you have any suggestions or comments please let us know.

 

I hope you enjoy CoPilot on Windows Phone 8. I certainly enjoyed the challenge of supporting this new OS for CoPilot.

 

The CoPilot support forum is found at: http://forum.copilotgps.com/.

CoPilot® GPS Navigation Arrives on Windows Phone 8

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CoPilot® GPS Navigation Arrives on Windows Phone 8

Popular free mapping, trip planning, and car navigation app is now available for Windows Phone 8

 

Princeton, N.J. – June 13, 2013 – ALK Technologies Inc., a leading provider of navigation and GeoLogistics™ software, is pleased to announce its free CoPilot® mobile navigation app is now available for Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

CoPilot GPS brings easy-to-navigate offline maps, powerful route planning tools, and local exploring to Windows Phone 8 devices such as the Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X, and Samsung Ativ S – at no cost to the user. Detailed street maps and Points of Interest (POIs) of an entire country are stored on the phone, allowing users to calculate routes and get driving or walking directions even when there’s no mobile network coverage.

“People depend on their phones for maps and guidance. Yet online mapping apps can be unreliable, especially in places where there’s limited or no mobile service,” said David Quin, head of consumer applications at ALK Technologies. “CoPilot is designed for use offline, providing guidance even when there’s no mobile connection. It’s been incredibly popular on Android and iOS and we are delighted to extend this experience to Windows Phone 8 users.”

The free CoPilot GPS app includes 14-days use of full voice-guided 3D car navigation features and CoPilot’s real-time traffic service, ActiveTraffic™. After 14 days, users can continue to enjoy free and unlimited access to offline maps and route planning, or upgrade to unlimited turn-by-turn navigation via an in-app purchase.

Free features in CoPilot GPS for Windows Phone 8 include:

–          Premium quality street maps stored on your smartphone for offline use.

–          Millions of Points of Interest (POIs) built-in.

–          Powerful trip planning with a choice of 3 routes and drag-and-drop route editing.

–          Unique CoPilot itinerary optimizer to calculate the best way around multiple stops.

–          Walking mode to explore unfamiliar cities on foot.

–          Comprehensive local search with integrated Yelp

–          Global map regions available to purchase and store on your device for data-free roaming abroad.

CoPilot GPS launched on iOS and Android in April 2012. It has been downloaded over 4.5 million times in its first year.

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About ALK Technologies, Inc.
ALK Technologies, a global leader in GeoLogistics™ and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. For 30 years, ALK has led the transportation industry with high-quality routing, mileage and mapping solutions. Product lines include award-winning CoPilot Live, the GPS navigation software of choice for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, systems integrators, professional drivers and consumers.  Our newest product, ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.

For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.

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