Sygic, a provider of offline mapping and navigation systems, brings free navigation app for Android devices in India. The app is powered by map data from MapmyIndia, a company which provides data for maps of India. The app was initially priced at INR 1399, but now the company has made it free of cost to make it available for the millions of users in the nation. However, the iOS version is currently still paid.
The app doesn’t require an active data connection for navigation. With the help of GPS, one can easily use the app for navigation anytime. Once the app is downloaded, the maps are stored in the phone itself unlike most of the other apps which require streaming them from the internet. Hence one doesn’t have to rely on mobile internet connectivity for using the maps. This is essentially useful in the cases when there’s a weak or no signal strength and directions for a particular destination are required, especially when someone is lost.
Sygic already has over 30 Million app downloads worldwide and its voice guidance system supports over 40 different languages. “By making our advanced navigation app available to millions of users for free, Sygic is helping countries like India become safer, a more enjoyable place to travel” said Sygic CEO Michal Stencl.
It has features like 3D representations of cities and landscapes, speed limit displays and audio warnings, SOS/Help to find assistance nearby and supports Google’s Local Search as well. It also has a feature that was earlier in Google Maps under the name Latitude, which enables a user to find his/her family members and friends on the map. But this feature along with a few others does require an active internet connection.
In India, Sygic app is going to receive a tough competition from Google and Nokia maps. It is yet to be witnessed how many people would prefer offline maps over streaming maps, that offer real-time traffic and other information for navigation.
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