Samsung announces new navigation app for Galaxy Tab

By Keri Algar

SYDNEY, NSW: Navigon has paired up with Samsung to release its first navigation app for an android device. The app will come preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, yet to be released in Australia.

A basic version of the app, of which there are already numerous versions of for Apple’s operating system, will be free on the Tab in Australia and will feature turn-by-turn navigation.

Navigon vice-president of mobile phone business, Gerhard Mayr, said that the strong personal navigation device sector in Australia marks a “thirst for navigation”.

“We are therefore proud to partner with Samsung to provide Galaxy Tab users with a breakthrough navigation solution. Its portable size and great performance makes this device an ideal platform for our first dedicated tablet navigation software on the Australian market,” said Mayr.

Tyler McGee, vice president of telecommunications Samsung Electronics Australia confirmed the consumer interest in navigation devices. “Our research shows that of consumers intending to purchase a tablet device, around 64 per cent of them intend to use navigation applications. We believe the size of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be key in satisfying this consumer need,” said McGee.

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab in September it said it would be in stores “well in time for Christmas”.

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