The Shiny (or should we say flatter?) New iOS 7

The much anticipated Apple event yesterday provided more details on what Tim Cook described as the OS that will “quickly become the world’s most popular operating system.”  We first got a peek at iOS 7 back in June and it appears the early buzz was pretty much on the money.   The shiny (or should we say flatter) new mobile OS delivers a complete visual overhaul with an all-new user interface, Control Center, smarter multi-tasking, iTunes Radio and an improved Siri now available in male or female voices.IOS_7_Home_Screen

The new look of iOS 7 features a slightly translucent-looking keyboard, redesigned icons and new buttons.   It’s a clear move away from the textured “skeumorphic” approach in previous iOS versions, where graphics were designed to emulate the “real world” (you won’t see the felt table cover in game center and leather stitching in Calendar). It’s clearly going to have implications for developers, many of whom will likely update their apps to compliment the new style.

iOS 7’s new Control Center adds the highly requested (and presently offered by rivals) quick access toggle bars to control brightness, switch-on flashlight, turn on airplane mode and do not disturb.   iOS 7 also brings new ways to discover apps and allows automatic app updates. This means CoPilot users will be able to download our latest app updates without taking any action.  If you still prefer to see the “What’s New” info to see firsthand what we’ve improved or added, you can always switch automatic updates off.  The choice is yours!

iOS 7 will be available as a free download for iPhone 4, 4s and 5 from September 18th.  It will also be available for iPad (iPad 2 or later), iPad Mini and iPod Touch (5th generation) although apparently owners of these devices may need to wait till October.

iphone_5s_5cWe were also formally introduced to the iPhone 5S and 5C. Both new devices will be available on September 20th with pre-orders for 5C starting this Friday, Sept. 13th.   We’ve been excited to see (and get our hands on) both devices up close and personal for some time and will report more on them later this week.

Our verdict?  As you can imagine here at CoPilot, we’re Apple fans and so it’s great to see iOS get a full make-over.   For many existing iOS iPhone, iPad and iPod owners, it’s going to feel a bit like getting a new device. To celebrate its arrival, we’ve got a few cool things in store for you.  So stay tuned over the next few weeks!

Tackle Game Day Traffic with CoPilot!

Football season is back! Whether it be college or pro, we know many of you are headed to the stadiums to cheer on your favorite team. Face paint? Check. Tailgating must-haves? Check. Traffic? Don’t forget to check!

Use ActiveTraffic™ to make sure you won’t miss any of the action!

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There are over 145 stadiums in the United States, all with their own unique atmosphere. Looking to find the stadium that offers a little more than football? Here’s a list to get you started:

Scenic Sports Spectator:

If you’re nice or nautical, try “sailgating” at Husky Stadium. If boats aren’t your thing, head to the CenturyLink Stadium to catch the SeaHawks play. This Seattle staple is home to over 30 craft beers so if you’re not enjoying the game, you can at least enjoy a variety of beer.

Foodie Football Fans:

Surprisingly, the same place that you can find an authentic Philly cheesesteak is the same stadium PETA touts as the #1 most vegetarian friendly stadium. Lincoln Financial Field offers up great local cuisine from the city of Brotherly Love including soft, warm donuts by neighborhood favorite Federal Donuts.

Preservers of Pigskin Past:

If you’re looking to get some history out of your football experience, why not head to the Superdome in New Orleans? This place has hosted more Super Bowls than any other stadium and is surrounded by a city rich in culture and American history. Or you could catch a game at High Points Solution Stadium at Rutgers University, the birthplace of college football.

No matter which Gridiron Gang you belong to, we hope you make it to and from the stadium with ease. Enjoy the game!

-Team CoPilot

CoPilot in the news: August

August brought another free map update and the end of the summer travel season. We hope everyone took advantage of the great weather and made the most of their summer vacations. We’ve got some great stuff coming in the fall and we hope you all are as excited as we are!

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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CoPilot Live and Jibbigo apps make travel abroad easier by Adam Balkin

“But, a big advantage of this one is the maps can all be stored within your phone so you don’t need a data connection. That’s great if you aren’t getting a signal wherever you happen to be or if you are paying a fortune for data services. ” Read More

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CoPilot GPS Navigation App Comes to Windows Phone 8 by  Khristen Foss

“I personally put this GPS app to the test, the iOSversion, on a recent journey from NH to TN with many stops in between, and not a clue as to where I was going. The app was insanely precise, and allowed me to choose from a variety of routes to get to my destination.” Read More

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GottaBeMobileCoPilot Live Premium Review:  Offline Maps for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch by Kevin Purcell

“Before using CoPilot Live Premium we preferred Navigon as our offline GPS app of choice. However, we uninstalled Navigon and now prefer CoPilot Live Premium. It’s worth the price and works great with plenty of extras.” Read More

Helpful Hint: Which Theme Are You?

IMG_1801There are plenty of ways to customize CoPilot to your liking but perhaps the best way to showcase your style is choosing the right theme! The easy part is getting there – Head to Settings – > Themes. The hard part is making a choice between our gorgeous themes.  We might be able to help!

 

Take this simple quiz to find out which theme is right for you!

 

Besides CoPilot of course, the app you use the most is:

A)  QR Barcode Scanner

B) Twitter, FB, Tumblr..hold on let me update my status that I’m taking this quiz.

C) HuffPo or CNN

D) Plants vs Zombies

 

The one show you absolutely cannot miss is:

A) Mythbusters

B) Real Housewives of Anywhere

C) Our America with Lisa Ling

D) The Walking Dead

 

It’s the weekend! We can find you at:

A) Home.

B)  A party!

C) Book Club

D) Walking my neighborhood…in costume.

 

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CoPilot Instagram Contest: #copilotforcoeds

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Heading back to school can be overwhelming. In addition to books, laptops and Ramen noodles, you’ll need to budget your money for the things you really need – like apps! Luckily for you, we’ve got an easy way for you to grab an iTunes giftcard to get some great apps that can help you adjust to campus life.

 

 

instagramHere’s how to win:

1. Follow CoPilot on Instagram

2. Upload a picture of you headed back to school. A comically packed car, a before and after of your dorm room or the prettiest place on campus! Just make sure to use the hashtag: #copilotforcoeds

3. The winner will be announced on September 3rd. You can enter as many times as you’d like with as many different  photos as you want!

 

 

 

Good luck! We can’t wait to see which filters you choose!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

How to get your FREE CoPilot map update!

Your new map update for  CoPilot North America is here!  The update includes thousands of new miles of roads in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Step-by-step guide to your new maps:

1) Download the latest free app update from iTunesGoogle Play,  Windows Phone Store  or the CoPilot Web Store

2) Connect to WiFi

3) Inside your CoPilot app, go to MyCoPilot and select My Maps

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4) Select North America.

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5) A pop-up will appear asking you if you would like to install your map update. Tap Continue and your map download will immediately begin.

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6)  The North America region will automatically start downloading. If you would prefer to only download a sub-region (and save space on your device) just pause the North America region and tap the sub-region you wish to download.

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7) Enjoy your updated maps!

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Got a question? Please leave us a comment on our blog or contact CoPilot support.

Summer Sweepstakes Winners!

winner-lumia-520-x2Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Sweepstakes! We had a record number of entries this time around which makes us even more excited to do more contests for more prizes in the future! Keep checking on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus for the latest news on future competitions!

The Nokia Lumia 520 grand prize winner is…

 

  • Kimmo Gynther

 

The CoPilot Live Premium app winners are…

 

Week1:

 

  • David Kane, Timi Cantisano, Robert Karlsson, David Michael, Alexandre Boff, Sergio Alcalde and Daniele Basilico!

 

Week2:

 

  • David Lawrence, Ducreux, Markus, Corpteg, Karim Uddin, Pietro Paolo Poli and Kevin Falzone!

 

Thanks again to everyone who entered! Safe travels!

 

 

Helpful Hint: A Way Out Of Any Traffic Jam

active traffic mapPowered by INRIX real-time traffic information, ActiveTraffic™ gives CoPilot users the ability to battle traffic head on with information on the fastest, most efficient routes. Drivers will save time and use less gas, which means saving money! Whether commuting to work, running an errand or on a weekend getaway, every driver will appreciate a stress free trip with less time spent in traffic. Find out how to get your ActiveTraffic here.

 

 Before you head out on the road, make sure to check the ActiveTraffic map. The map will outline your route, show you the traffic nearby and display your current delay. If you think you may want to try your luck on a different course, just tap the Alternate Route option at the bottom of the screen.

 Want to learn all the ways this feature can help you navigate? Check out our video:

 

CoPilot in the News: July

We’ve had a fantastic start to summer and this July, we brought you sales and sweepstakes to thank you for all of the great feedback and support! Don’t forget to enter to win a Nokia Lumia 520 and get 10% off selected CoPilot apps.

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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Download Now: The Best Apps for Your Next Road Trip by Jennifer M. Wood

“A few good reasons to pony up the $9.99 for CoPilot Live ($9.99; iOSAndroid) instead of relying on Google Maps: You’ll score the usual (voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions that account for real-time traffic conditions), plus enjoy offline maps and navigation for when cell service is spotty.”

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5 Cheap GPS Alternatives by Donna Fuscaldo

“But CoPilot isn’t only about offline maps: Users also get one year of real time traffic service and quarterly and monthly free map updates. CoPilot also provides detailed voice directions, pre-trip planning and a route calculator and lets you navigate to an address in your contacts.”

 

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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!