In the same vein of what I said earlier today that “The Web, Not Apps, Is the Future” we have TeleNav weighing in. They announced today that they are working on a new HTML5 browser based, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS navigation service. That means they will no longer need to create an app for every platform since it will simply run in the browser or HTML5 WebWorks like app. That would be a single codebase for multiple devices.
The best part is that TeleNav is planning on making the app totally free to BOTH consumers AND developers for them to easily add turn by turn navigation functionality. Here is how they describe it:
Similar to TeleNav’s award-winning GPS navigation application, the HTML5 navigation service will include full-color moving maps, audio directions, and automatic rerouting if the driver misses a turn. TeleNav’s HTML5 navigation service will be free for both developers and consumers and will support all major mobile platforms.
You can read more about the service and developers can sign up for early testing at: www.telenav.com/developer/HTML5.