Sat-Nav apps developer, skobbler says that its UK navigation app has been downloaded more than 72,000 times since its launch last month, surpassing the launch success achieved in the company’s native country, Germany, a few months ago. To put this figure into perspective, a total of 266,000 PNDs were shipped into the UK market in Q1 2010, according to industry analysts Canalys.
“We are only just getting started in the UK,” says Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler. “It’s early days and to have experienced such success in such a short amount of time is quite overwhelming and encouraging. It demonstrates again just how popular mobile phone navigation is becoming.”
In several ways, the skobbler concept is a no-brainer for end-users: there’s no initial outlay for expensive GPS hardware, map updates are more frequent and free for life, and there’s no need to carry around additional devices. “We are over the moon that so many users have already embraced the community-driven collaborative OpenStreetMap project that our app is based on, and are very encouraged that the concept will continue to evolve into the future of sat nav”, adds Thielking.
In addition, users can expect an update in the coming days in which several enhancements to the system have been made as a result of customer feedback. Among other aspects, the update will enhance the visual appearance and stability of the app as well as offer full compatibility with Apple’s new iOS4 firmware. The new user interface will also be part of a brand new Google Android version of skobbler which will be launched in the UK over the coming days.
Source: Cellular News