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Developer Perspective – Bringing CoPilot to Windows Phone 8

Rob IrvingRob Irving, Senior Software Engineer, ALK Technologies -¬†¬†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 in the days when an ‘app’ was a ‘mobile application’. 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 proper CoPilot application for the platform. It wasn’t that we didn’t want to support the platform, but rather it was practically impossible for us to do so in a reasonable amount of time. Simply, we would not 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 onwards we began planning 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 at the same time that US East Coast had just 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, however 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. Work then began in earnest to bring CoPilot to life on this exciting new platform for us.

Now 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 dev team are incredibly passionate about the products we work on, and we always pay great attention to the feedback we receive from our customers through the app stores, social channels and of course our support forum. Now that we are up and running on WP8 you can be certain 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:

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  1. Darren Blade
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

    I had the windows mobile Copilot version back then, and suffered the IOS version but have held out till now. The Copilot app on WP8 is absolutely stellar!!!! Thank you so much.

    Wish there was a way to bring my favorites and poi’s from the other platforms to this WP8 version, please do let me know when this becomes possible.

  2. xma1e
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see a feature where it remembers the favorite part of your route. For example, when I travel North from London, I always take the same route to get to the M1, it’s never what the Satnavs suggest because I know a “back route” to avoid the traffic. Remembering this would be great.

    • Christian
      Posted June 28, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      You could do this with the current app. Plan your route in advance and then use the drag route feature to move the route so it suits you. Alternatively if you know the route already and don’t need turn-by-turn navigation you could use CoPilot in Just Drive mode and be notified of speed limit warnings, safety camera warnings, and live map updates etc.

  3. xma1e
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Also the ability to transfer your license should be included. I brought the Android version and now I’ve replaced my Android Phone with Windows 8, I shouldn’t be FORCED to pay again, I should be able to deactivate my Android license and use it on my new phone or at least be entitled to a discount!

    Right now I’m not impressed with having to pay TWICE to use a piece of software when I only have one phone.

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