BlackBerry already told us that they are using TeleCommunication Systems navigation, maps, and software in BlackBerry 10. Its an impressive app for car navigation and traffic but there are still features I would like to see. Mainly I want transit directions along with multiple routes options and a few other features. In TeleCommunication’s announcement of BlackBerry 10 they did include a line that confirmed rumors I have been hearing. They said that:
The mapping and navigation solution includes a series of planned updates and innovation to expand the feature set and to enhance the content and user experience.
In other words we will be seeing some planned improvements to the navigation app in BlackBerry 10 hopefully sooner rather than later. I am also glad to get official confirmation that their partnership for BlackBerry Maps has more planned for the future and is not going to be static.
TeleCommunication Systems’ Embedded Navigation, Maps and Software Components Included in BlackBerry 10
By TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 – 5:11 am
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 1, 2013 — ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that its map, local search, location services and navigation application, along with software components, are included in the new BlackBerry® 10 platform.
The TCS-powered maps application ships with the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones and TCS’ associated Application Program Interfaces (APIs) are also available for BlackBerry 10 developers. The mapping and navigation solution includes a series of planned updates and innovation to expand the feature set and to enhance the content and user experience.
- BlackBerry 10 smartphone customers can easily search for and locate businesses, as well as points of interest.
- The feature-rich map and navigation solution includes maps, points of interest and traffic information.
- TCS’ NAVBuilder® Inside software components are available through APIs as part of the Native SDK developer toolkit for BlackBerry 10, providing third-party developers with powerful, easy-to-use functions that incorporate maps and a range of location-aware content for their applications.
Jay Whitehurst, senior vice president, Commercial Software Group, TCS, said:
“BlackBerry has embarked on an ambitious path with the development and release of the BlackBerry 10 platform, and we are delighted to be partnering with them. Navigation and LBS components are key requirements for all smartphones today. For TCS, the launch of the new BlackBerry10 smartphones will allow us to reach a truly global audience, and we are proud to be able to work with such a leading brand in the mobile space.”
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS’ cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.