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

Back To School: Tech Tips for Dorm Living

Now that you’re out on your own, you’re quickly realizing just how much things cost. It’s easy to take for granted simple things from your parents house but if you have a smartphone or a tablet, simple tricks can help you avoid spending money for the simpler pleasures in life.

No need for expensive speakers!  Stick your smartphone inside an empty glass or plastic bottle to blast tunes during a study break.

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No TV? No worries! Use 3M hooks to mount a smartphone or tablet. It’s not the same as 72” screen but it gets the job done.3m tablet mount

Ebooks over Textbooks! Check and see if your 1,000 page textbook is available in e-book form. It’ll not only save you time but also keep you from lugging around huge books from class to class.

EReader-books-FeaturedAnd don’t forget this tried and true testament to laziness for your dorm room desk. You’re welcome.

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And if you’re still strapped for cash, win an iTunes gift card with our Instagram contest. Details here.

Have a great school year!

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:

 

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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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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!

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!

5 Hilarious GPS Scenes You Don’t Have To Worry About

GPS mistakes are a common source of comedy for television and movies. Luckily for you, CoPilot is your GPS! With our award-winning navigation and quarterly map updates, we’ve got plenty of ways to keep you from becoming the butt of a joke in a Hollywood script. Have a good laugh watching these videos knowing that you’ve made the right choice in navigation!

In 2011’s Larry Crowne, Julia Roberts uses opera music to drown out the annoying and overly complicated in-car navigation, Map Genie.

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In this episode of The Office, Michael Scott follows his GPS directions and finds himself in troubled water.

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Introducing CoPilot for Windows Phone 8!

nokia lumia usThe CoPilot team have been long time fans of Microsoft’s mobile platforms, much like many of our users. Did you know our original CoPilot GPS navigation app, “Pocket CoPilot,” was developed for Microsoft’s Pocket PC? Back in those days apps were called applications and we had pioneered mobile navigation on Windows Mobile. Now here we are in 2013 announcing an app for Windows Phone 8 –and Windows 8 – at Mobile World Congress 2013.

 

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is gaining momentum as an alternative to Android and iOS in the global battle for smartphone supremacy. With some fantastic handsets from the likes of Nokia, HTC and Samsung, an innovative and polished user experience and a robust app store, it has become an ideal platform for CoPilot too.

 

So we are bringing the full CoPilot voice-guided navigation experience to Windows Phone 8 handsets and Windows 8 devices, with advanced turn-by-turn guidance features, comprehensive trip planning and of course quality street maps stored on-board for offline use. There’s a full suite of real-time ‘Live’ services include ActiveTraffic™ and Yelp to keep you fully prepared and informed on the road.

 

We are showcasing the app on a variety of Windows Phones at Mobile World Congress in Hall 8.1, stand F6. The app itself will be available soon through the Windows Phone Store – so stay tuned!.

 

Meanwhile, here’s a gallery of pictures to browse. Read the full press release here.