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AT&T Navigator (TeleNav) Update

Feb
5
2010

I just noticed that version 1.5i of AT&T Navigator (TeleNav) for the iPhone was just released. Among the new features is something interesting that caught my eye… “Shake-to-Go”. Open the app, shake the iPhone, and it will create a route back home from wherever you are. Brilliant.

Other features include a speed limit display and optional speed warnings, something I noted in my original view I thought was lacking. There is also a night-mode to make the screen not so glaring at night– something else I noted was missing. You can now set route preferences for HOV lanes and toll road. Overall this looks like a really nice update.

8 Responses


  1. Tim,
    I think the shake to Go idea is only good if you don’t already have the iPhone mounted on a iPhone Car kit.
    Lets say you are routing to a post office to drop off some mail and you wish to route back to home, by having to remove your iPhone off the iPhone car kit and shake it maybe more trouble than is worth. I’m sure they also have a home button also. I don’t have the TeleNav app so I can’t tell you much about it.
    The iPhone apps will only get better which put pressure on the PND sector.

    James - February 6th, 2010
    • I guess the difference is that I’ll never leave the iPhone in the car. When I get out of the car the phone comes with me. So as I go back to my car I’ll open the app, shake-it, and then mount it.

      Tim - February 6th, 2010
      • Good point … or maybe you can go ahead and mount it and drive over a handy speed bump or pothole. 😉

        John - February 8th, 2010
        • I had thought of that too since I live on a long dirt road… but looking at how hard you’ve got to shake the phone for it to route, you would either be on a 4×4 trail or in an accident.

          Tim - February 8th, 2010
          • Yeah, potholes and frost heaves on paved roads and dips/washboarding on my dirt road would probably drive the shake and go function crazy. Every 10 feet I would be directed home! Not good for NH!

            Dave - February 9th, 2010
  2. I don’t see it being an issue. You’ve got to shake the thing pretty hard. I don’t think a dirt road will do it.

    Tim - February 9th, 2010
  3. Actually, it was just pointed out to me that the “Shake to go home” feature is disabled while the app is running and you are already in a route. So it shouldn’t be an issue at all.

    Tim - February 9th, 2010
    • Phew! I pictured myself driving in circles!

      As far as hitting bumps hard, you should see my dirt road after hard rains or snow thaws.

      And the frost heaves are TERRIBLE this year!

      Dave - February 9th, 2010



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