BlackBerry Navigator Released in Beta Zone Offering Turn By Turn Navigation (UK Only)

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I am not sure what is with users in the UK getting turn by turn GPS navigation for free but the trend continues. RIM has released a new BlackBerry Navigator in the Beta Zone. Jerome let us know about this release but sadly we could not see it ourselves. DJ Reyes @CrackBerry got wind that it is UK only and is powered by TomTom along with requiring a device running OS 7.1.0.399 and above. Features include:

Navigation & Traffic

  • Real-time turn-by-turn spoken directions to destination
  • Automatic re-routing if a turn is missed.
  • Preview route steps and upcoming turns.
  • Trip summary and overview map with entire trip highlighted.
  • 3D map view simulates what the user should expect to see ahead.
  • Spoken directions include both maneuvers and actual street name pronunciations so that users can focus on the road and not the screen for a safer driving experience.

Local Search

  • Local Search – provides information for nearby hotels and restaurants as well as other POIs, such as businesses, attractions, and events. Narrow the search by choosing sub-categories.
  • One-touch calling feature – dials the place’s phone number for the subscriber.
  • Save directory results to the address book for future use.
  • Home screen shortcuts – Easily create home screen shortcuts for "click to go" to frequent or important destinations.

Extras

  • 7 digits postcode support
  • BBM Integration – Send location enabled messages to your BBM contacts.
  • Facebook – Keep your friends and family updated by posting your location or favorite cafe to Facebook.
  • Contacts App Integration – Get directions to a contact right from your device’s contacts.
  • Day/Night Mode – Automatic Day and Night Mode.

If you live in the UK check it out at www.blackberry.com/beta and let us know the details! Sadly I could not get a screenshot but credit for the install page to BigWhiteUK (Thanks Peter)

7 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Oh, not nice. You should have put “UK Only” first in the title. I got all excited reading the first couple of words.
    Well, at least we have BB Traffic.

  2. Bloody hell, I am in the US

  3. It looks ok. Only had it on my 9900 for a hour or so. It hasn’t got half the features you think or say it has, in fact very basic. I’ll let you know how I get on with it tommorrow after I get to play about with it. But for now, basic & clean. Oh Tom Tom do have a tiny little emblem on there too.

  4. So if this is a TomTom app, who is TeleCommunication Systems, and what do they do for RIM? I checked their website and they make Nav apps.

  5. Used it today & well it worked ok. Just as it says on the tin! Yeh nothing great about it. It got me to where I wanted just like a sat nav. The womens voice was just audible over the radio, pronunciation was a little off.
    It’s not that I’m tight fisted(being that I’m a Scot) but I wouldn’t pay for it. There are still apps out there much about the same.

  6. Looks like it has some major potential. Can’t wait to see it for BB10.

  7. Navigator 1.0 has been updated in the Beta zone on Feb 19, 2013

    Now available in the following countries:
    United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Germany, Australia and New Zealand

    For the following devices:
    9850, 9981, 9930, 9370 and 9350 devices supporting OS 7.1

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