Feeds

TeleNav brings user-generated content to GPS

Share your bad restaurant experiences with the world

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

TeleNav has added extra functionality to its latest version, just launched in the US, to allow users to rate restaurants and other businesses, as well as tell everyone how much, and where, they just paid for their petrol.

Version 5.2 should be available in the UK over the summer.

The current version already allows searching for local businesses, but the ability to rate those businesses is new, along with the ability to send someone a text message containing a location, which is automatically picked up by the TeleNav application running on their handset.

Given that Nokia also offers the ability to send locations, some interoperable standard would surely be a good idea.

The extensive use of A-GPS (Assisted GPS) in the US means users are familiar with paying a monthly subscription for their GPS service. A-GPS requires network operator managed servers to work. This income allows software companies such as TeleNav to maintain servers full of user-generated content. European operators have been much slower to implement A-GPS, leading phone manufacturers to implement stand-alone GPS where they've bothered.

The ability to search for petrol stations by price might not be a killer application for everyone, but it is a clear cost-benefit that any user can understand, and could well be the kind of application that drives GPS into every mobile phone in some form or another. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.