The New TeleNav GPS Naigator for Android

TeleNav helps over 20 million drivers speak in addresses and businesses for natural-voice turn-by-turn guidance and onscreen navigation – plus get three route options! Or use the simplified search field to find restaurants, gas by price, ATMs and more, even when outside of network coverage.

TeleNav GPS Navigator has been overhauled to include new personalized, navigation features that’ll help you get to work on time and may even make the drive fun.

TeleNav GPS Navigator has a new personalized My Dashboard view that’ll pinpoint your location and let you see your drive times to home and work. These details include traffic information so you won’t be late for dinner or your morning meeting.

There’s also three new home screen widgets that’ll provide your current location, estimate your drive times to work and home and provide a quick access to search. Underneath the hood, new map information will render faster and include real-time live traffic and satellite layers. For those that dare to be different, there are even custom car icons that can be downloaded for 99-cents each.

TeleNav GPS Navigator will land on Sprint handsets running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be bundled for free into Sprint’s Everything Data and Simply Everything plans. Extra features like lane assist, speed trap and red light camera will cost $4.99 per month.

Microsoft’s Bing Maps for Android- pleasant surprise for me!

Microsoft’s Bing for Android may not technically be the first Microsoft-made app for Android phones (that honor belongs to the rather obscure Microsoft Tag Reader,) but the Bing is its highest-profile app.

Bing for Android closely resembles Bing for iPhone, with an image of the day marking the backdrop, and a pop-up menu to search by images, movies, maps, news, or what’s nearby. There’s also an option for directions. A search field sits at the top, next to a voice search button. Bing for Android hides your history, settings, and favorites in the phone’s hard-coded Menu button.

The Android version of Bing also integrates maps, and the touchable hot spots hidden in the day’s image that reveal additional information about the photo du jour. Swiping backward loads previous images.

However, Bing for Android lacks two significant features found in the iPhone version-options for scanning an item’s bar code with your camera, and connecting to your Twitter and Facebook feeds.

We’re fans of the Bing app on all platforms we’ve tested, and while we’d like to see this Android version gain parity with the iPhone version, usabilitywise, it’s no exception. We’d also like to see the Maps portion add directions for public transit–a la Google Maps-to complement its driving and walking directions.

Google Android with Texas Instrumets

Texas Instruments and Google are hooking up on Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android that will run on both phones and tablets.

Though TI has been a player in Android phones (most notably the Motorola Droid series), it has been largely absent from Android tablets, which are populated with Nvidia’s Tegra chips mostly. That is expected to change with Ice Cream Sandwich, however, which will finally fuse the phone and tablet versions of Android into one.

Ice Cream Sandwich will allow developers to create apps once. The operating system, due in the fourth quarter, will be smart enough to figure out which type of device the app is running on and then adjust accordingly.

Texas Instruments and Google are pairing up for upcoming devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich on top of TI processors.

(Credit: Texas Instruments)

As the above graphic indicates, TI will be a prominent part of the Ice Cream Sandwich rollout. This is a promotional image that TI will use for events “in the fall,” according to an e-mail received from the company’s PR representative today.

Though it remains to be seen which devices use TI’s chips, it has two competitive dual-core processors, the 4460 and 4470. The 4470 is of particular interest going forward.

This “is more than just a faster speed grade of the OMAP 4460; the new design includes significant graphics and memory improvements as well,” Linley Gwennap, who heads The Linley Group, a chip consulting firm, wrote in a research note.

The 4470 is rated at 1.8GHz, 20 percent faster than the 4460. TI has also modified the memory controller to support faster memory and the 4470 includes a PowerVR SGX544 graphics processing unit (GPU), which TI is also using in OMAP5, the next iteration of TI’s OMAP processor series.

“This GPU delivers twice the raw performance of the SGX540 in the earlier OMAP4 chips,” according to Gwennap. The 4470 is expected to sample later this year and appear in devices in 2012.


by CNET News