Where To? SearchIt’s been a while since the last Where To? update. Nevertheless, we think it was worth the wait! We’ve integrated a ton of new features in Where To? 2.5:

  • Searching of categories and brands in a cool Spotlight-like interface
  • Free search
  • Customization (add and delete) of categories
  • Search in contacts (address book)
  • Food & Drink categories optionally grouped by region (Asian, European etc.)
  • Get directions using Navigon MobileNavigator (App Store affiliate link)
  • Center the search on the current location (configurable)
  • Japanese localization
  • VoiceOver support

Towards a more collaborative App Store ecosystem

navigonSo what’s the Navigon compatibility all about? — So far, we’ve seen quite a large number of high-quality apps that are specialized on a single task and aim to fulfil this single task exceptionally well. Navigon MobileNavigator is a perfect example of this strategy and it does a great job for turn-by-turn navigation. However, most of these App Store gems somehow live on a lonely island and don’t collaborate with each other. Some apps even try to incorporate more and more features just to cover everything by themselves. We feel this is the wrong way. We are a strong believer in an ecosystem where a collaboration of high-quality apps leads to a better value for customers. So we’re really glad that the guys at Navigon shared our vision and were extremely helpful in getting this collaboration going.

Of course, there are many customers who purchased other turn-by-turn apps or didn’t buy one so far. We made sure those customers don’t get a worse user experience by detecting whether MobileNavigator is installed and falling back to “Maps” if not. Furthermore, Navigon support is just the beginning. We’re very open to support more solutions in the future. So what turn-by-turn solutions are you using? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter what vendors you’d like us to support!

Welcome Japan!

japanNew in Where To? 2.5 also is the Japanese localization. We had to learn that Japanese is totally different from all western languages we support so far. So we’re more than excited to now support this interesting market. A big Thank-You goes to Masayuki Nii and Larry Staples who did a great job with localizing and beta-testing!

Where To? 2.5 is available for download in the App Store. It’s free for all Where To? 2.x customers.

8 Comments

  • @flo_muc via Twitter

    wrote on December 4, 2009 at 3:11pm

    RT @futuretap: Where To? 2.5 – Navigon support and a whole lot more: http://bit.ly/511LZd

  • @lucvandal via Twitter

    wrote on December 4, 2009 at 3:13pm

    Where To? 2.5 – Navigon support and a whole lot more: http://bit.ly/511LZd (via @futuretap)

  • StuFF mc

    wrote on December 4, 2009 at 3:58pm

    You guys at FutureTap rock, and Navigon rocks as much! For those understanding german I did an Interview of Ortwin, CEO of FutureTap a few days ago. You can find it on the german version of Pomcast.com – I’m sure most of you will learn some cool facts. We *need* to do this interview in English soon.

  • @tjosephcarter via Twitter

    wrote on December 5, 2009 at 1:49pm

    woot! RT @FutureTapHelp Where To? 2.5 adds VoiceOver as requested by @tjosephcarter and others. http://bit.ly/511LZd #accessibility

  • Alyn

    wrote on December 11, 2009 at 4:32pm

    What I’d love: TomTom support for Where To?

  • Richard

    wrote on December 15, 2009 at 4:23am

    Very nice user interface .. love the Navigon support .. but also would love to see TomTom (I broke down and purchased TomTom during their price reductions .. It starts much faster than Navigon which is a big plus when interfacing with this app). Incidentally, I would never have purchased this app without the Navigon support .. Great Idea and Thanks!

  • Shocklin

    wrote on December 18, 2009 at 10:30pm

    Now that I have Navigon app, this has become essential…even now after Navigon added Google Search. Why? Navigon neglected to have phone numbers as part of their Google Search result. Hopefully they’ll fix that.

    ONE SUGGESTION: SEARCH BY LOCATION. If I’m planning a trip, I would like to know where motels, airports, restaurants, etc are in the city I’m traveling to…before I leave.

    Sincerely,

    Shocklin

  • Ortwin Gentz

    wrote on December 19, 2009 at 1:50am

    Shocklin, you can search by location by simply tapping the search button on top of the map and entering an address or city. Alternatively you can also type a contact’s name or select it using the bookmark icon to search in the vicinity of a contact.

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