A new entrant into Australian GPS navigation market, NAVIGON AG, has just released a free application for iPhone to allow users to display their current position on a map as well as search for nearby points of interest (POIs). MobileNavigator LITE is a scaled down version of NAVIGON’s flagship product that will soon be launched in Australia. It will transform any iPhone 3G equipped with the new Apple OS 3.0 operating system and any iPhone 3G S into a complete navigation device. The LITE version also works on iPod Touch devices with the OS 3.0.
Although the LITE version has no active route guidance, it comes with free NAVTEQ® maps which are saved directly on the device, eliminating the need for paid subscription to map service or for downloading the maps as a data feed. The downside is a massive initial download (reported to be more than 1GB!).