It’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
So 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!
New 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.