Telenav, the company behind the Scout navigation application, has just announced a major update for its free iOS program, bringing users voice-guided navigation on their Apple devices, as well as some other new features.
The update might just be the perfect gift for iPhone owners fed up with the latest iteration of Maps on iOS 6, which no longer uses Google’s geographic technology, but rather a less than ideal substitute from Apple. While the key highlight of Apple’s homegrown Maps application is its turn-by-turn navigation, Scout now offers users the same option with its voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions for walking and driving.
Previously available on the premium version of Telenav’s app for iOS, the voice-recognition feature can now be enjoyed by all, providing iPhone users with a great alternative to Apple’s Maps, without having to bookmark Google Maps on their browsers or pay for a third party program. The update also brings several new features, such as My Dashboard, a personalized area to keep track of commute times to work and home, and My Places, where users can save and share their favorite spots.
Scout for iOS subscribers can also find out real-time traffic information thanks to the applications updated traffic reporter, while finding their friends, favorites and recent places will be easier as the program learns from previous entries in My Search. With 12 new car icons and search by commands, the free version of this app has a lot to offer.
There is still a paid option, known as Scout Plus, which offers offline navigation, speed trap alerts, red light camera alerts and more, for those looking for a more premium experience.