USA: Garmin has released a free update for NAVIGON and StreetPilot Onboard navigation apps, adding new features, such as Bluetooth audio support and Wikipedia integration. In an effort to further align the feature set of both apps, the company has also adapted the popular map manager function from the NAVIGON app for the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard app. Users can now download maps for individual regions, helping you to save phone storage.
Audio directions through car’s speakers
The latest update offers better in-car integration by adding Bluetooth audio support. Thus, the directions can be heard through car’s speakers when the smartphone is connected to the stereo via Bluetooth. If the music is streaming from the iPhone through car’s speakers, the app will automatically detect the Bluetooth connection and turn down the music when the app provides audio prompts.
Wikipedia integration and social upgrades
Garmin’s navigation apps now integrate Wikipedia, allows searching points of interest and finding detailed information. Wikipedia icons are displayed on the map and clicking on them will reveal detailed information, such as the identity and history of an interesting building or landmark. Users can also search the Wikipedia database to look up this information.
The update also brings enhancements to some of the existing social features, such as foursquare and Glympse. The feature now also allows to add or delete contacts or change the expiration time while a Glympse is active.
Download maps region wise
The NAVIGON app was the first iPhone onboard navigation app that allowed users to download maps by region. Now the said feature is adapted for the StreetPilot Onboard app. A new myTrends feature automatically remembers frequent and favorite route destinations based on driving habits. It predicts destinations at certain days and times without the user needing to enter an address.