updated 12:00 am EST, Fri January 27, 2012
Navigation company embraces social networking
Although Garmin would seem to fit in better at CES rather than the Macworld iWorld expo, the navigation company brought its latest iOS apps to San Francisco this week to show off the latest features. MacNN played around with the updated version of StreetPilot onDemand, which now enables users to take advantage of social networking features.
Users can now look up information on Wikipedia without leaving the onDemand app interface. Foursquare icons also appear on the map, providing an easy way to check in or open the location in the Foursquare app.
We actually expected the Foursquare check-ins to have been a priority feature a while ago, though the integration is a welcome feature for anyone who uses the location-based social network. The company did quickly jump on the Facebook check-in feature, which is a relative newcomer.
Aside from the social networking features, the app also enables users to manage entire trips with various waypoints. Overall, the company's iOS software now provides an experience that is more competitive with standalone GPS navigation devices.
StreetPilot onDemand is available from the App Store for $0.99, though most of its advanced features require a subscription plan.