Heading away for the holidays? Don’t forget to pack your CoPilot

satnav-offline-iphoneThe summer’s approaching, the May bank holidays are here at last and many of us are planning to head abroad. While you are packing your essential holiday gear, make sure you’ve taken the time to download the maps you’ll need into CoPilot … and don’t forget your car charger.

 You probably won’t need reminding to be careful about data roaming when abroad. Despite European laws introduced last summer forcing mobile operators to reduce the cost of using mobile internet in other countries, data roaming bills can still be rather scary.

 Based on the results of research we’ve just conducted with YouGov, nearly half of UK smartphone owners (42%) are worried about international mobile internet charges, and two out of three Brits go offline completely by turning data roaming off when they leave the country.

 Luckily as a CoPilot owner, you won’t have to worry about being left without directions. All the maps you need are stored on-board your phone or tablet for offline use, so you can continue get turn-by-turn guidance without worrying about the cost. That leaves you to enjoy your foreign driving and maybe use the money you’ve saved on something more worthwhile.

 Interestingly, the survey also reveals that data usage is not just a problem when abroad. Nearly a third of UK smartphone users (31%) have reached their domestic mobile data allowance on at least one occasion during the last 12 months. With our smartphones consuming ever increasing amounts of data for  daily-used services such as maps, mobile web and social media feeds; mobile internet access cannot be taken for granted even when at home. So even if you aren’t leaving the UK and enjoying a ‘staycation’ CoPilot can help you avoid excessive mobile data charges.

 Happy travels, wherever you are heading 🙂

The Most Popular Android Devices Running CoPilot

galaxy-s3-copilot-satnav-UKCoPilot runs on more than 250 Android Smartphones and tablets, including the latest HD devices like the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One. But have you ever wondered which Android devices are the most popular? We’ve taken a look into our global statistics from the past year and the results are in:

The top ten of the most popular devices equipped with CoPilot at this very moment are:

1. Samsung S III

2. Samsung S II

3. Galaxy Note II

4. Asus Google Nexus 7

5. Galaxy Note

6. HTC One X

7. Samsung Galaxy S

8. HTC Sensation

9. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

10. Galaxy tab

Interestingly – but not so surprisingly – Nexus 4, Galaxy tab 2 and Xperia Z are steadily climbing up the chart slowly. It will be very interesting to see how the Android landscape will look like one year from now, with the arrival of new Android devices such as HTC One and Galaxy S IV … and the upcoming Android devices we do not yet know about!

A big thank you to all our Android fans who have sent us essential feedback, reported issues and shared great ideas with us! We will keep on improving the app to make sure we will support as many Droids as possible, and if you have spotted something or think we could improve in some aspects, please do drop us a line in our user forum: https://support.copilotgps.com .

We wish you happy travels with your Droid!

CoPilot GPS satnav app celebrates its first Birthday

Dear fans, we hope you’ll join us in wishing a very happy birthday to our free CoPilot GPS app! THANK YOU to all our wonderful fans across the world who downloaded it!

Thank you, Grazie, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Dank u, Kiitos, Tack, Takk, Tak, Hvala, dĕkuji, شكرا, Ευχαριστώ, Köszönöm, Paldies, תודה, Dziękuję, Obrigado, Mersi, Спасибо, Ďakujem, Teşekkürler, Diolch!

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Within its first year on the market, our free trip planning app CoPilot GPS has proven to be a great compliment to smartphones on iOS and Android alike.  But don’t just take our word for it – let the numbers speak for themselves!

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Thank you to all that downloaded the app – we are happy to have you as part of the CoPilot family and appreciate all your feedback and support. If you have more great ideas or feedback, please do let us know in our customer forum – it would be much appreciated: https://support.copilotgps.com

Thank you!

Announcing CoPilot for Windows Phone 8!

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Here at CoPilot, as with many of our loyal customers, we’ve long been fans of Microsoft’s mobile platforms. Our original CoPilot GPS navigation app “Pocket CoPilot” was developed for Microsoft’s Pocket PC (back in the days when apps were called applications) and pioneered mobile navigation on Windows Mobile, so now we are delighted to announce an app for Windows Phone 8 – and Windows 8 – at Mobile World Congress 2013.

 

After a relatively slow start with Windows Phone 7, 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’s also becoming 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 informed on the road.

 

We are showing-off the app on a variety of Windows Phones at Mobile World Congress. The app itself will be available soon through the Windows Phone Store – more on that nearer the time.

 

Meantime, here’s a gallery of pictures to browse >

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the full press release:

CoPilot® Brings Full-Featured GPS Navigation to Windows Phone 8

Award-winning CoPilot GPS navigation apps return to the Microsoft platform.

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona – 24nd February 2013: 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.

CoPilot® Brings Full-Featured GPS Navigation to Windows Phone 8

CoPilot® Brings Full-Featured GPS Navigation to Windows Phone 8

Award-winning CoPilot GPS navigation apps return to the Microsoft platform.

 

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona – 24nd February 2013: 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
  • 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.

 

 

Sony gets back in the game with the Z smartphone and tablet

copilot-sony-experia-z-satnavIt’s been a turbulent few years for Sony. After a couple of decades of consumer electronics dominance, many of their traditional markets simply changed overnight and the company was slow to keep -up. Firstly consumers switched from buying and playing their music on CDs to downloading or streaming. Then on the TV front, a division that was historically considered an industry benchmark was overtaken by faster innovation from competitors.

Meanwhile the company’s mobile phone partnership with Ericsson and focus on Symbian UIQ began to falter in the face of the iPhone and Android onslaught. As the general impression of decline increased it’s no surprise that many started to wonder whether Sony could ever recover it’s halo as the consumer tech industry’s leader.

Recently there have been some promising signs of recovery. Sony’s TV division, while still loss-making, is finally turning-out products that can compete with the likes of Samsung. Sony’s cameras are now considered to be up there with the best, and the company’s Blu-ray players, home cinema and laptops are similarly well-regarded. The Sony Playstation brand remains powerful globally, and the company’s film and music divisions control some of the most sought-after content around.

Imagine if Sony could start combining all of that innovation and expertise into a single consumer platform, coupled with some great mobile hardware?

Bring on the Sony Xperia Z smartphone – and the Xperia Tablet Z. This time it looks like they may have hit a winning formula. Continue reading

ALK Technologies – now part of the Trimble family!

Trimble-logoTrimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has acquired privately-held ALK Technologies Inc. of Princeton, NJ, a global leader in routing, mapping, mileage and navigation technologies. ALK Technologies offers proprietary routing and international map-based solutions for transportation, logistics and mobile workforces. The addition of ALK® is expected to extend and complement Trimble’s Transportation and Logistics product portfolio, including TMW Systems’ transportation management solutions, PeopleNet’s integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems and GEOTrac’s fleet management and worker safety solutions for the oil and gas industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“This is a significant milestone in ALK’s long history in transportation,” said Barry Glick, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ALK Technologies, who will continue to lead the organization. “We are excited to join our well-known and respected partner TMW Systems under the global umbrella of Trimble. These organizations share our passion and vision for how location information can transform business and productivity.”

Read the full press release here.