28
Jan
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Based on the press release and official video, Verizon's new VZ Navigator VX is awesome. Really awesome. Potentially better than Google Maps 5/Google Navigation - and yes, I can hardly believe I'm saying that either, since the new GMaps combo provides a hell of a punch. But check out the short (just over two minutes) promo video, and you'll see what I mean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRV8-u7adeQ&feature=player_embedded

Two major items of note there: first, assuming everything works, then big red did a hell of a job on the app. Second, they've delivered just what we've all been asking for: more Bing! As the video proudly shows, there's a serious degree of Bing integration in the app.

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Still, Bing's not really all that bad - although some choice would be nice - and frankly, it's hard to say if it's detrimental (or, dare I say, beneficial) compared to Google's own solution. Perhaps we should all wait until we get some hands-on time with the app to make a judgment call on this one, hmm?

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Oh, and before you Continuum owners get all worked up: VZ Navigator VX is only available on the Droid X, Droid Incredible, and Fascinate for the time being.

Official Press Release:

VERIZON WIRELESS LAUNCHES VZ NAVIGATOR VX ENABLING DROID TO DO DIRECTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE – IN 3D
New Version Gives Customers Enhanced Navigation Capabilities, Including 3D Views and Satellite Maps
Verizon Wireless today announced VZ Navigator VX – the latest version of the company's award-winning navigation service – is now available on select DROID™ smartphones, including DROID X by Motorola, DROID Incredible by HTC and the Samsung Fascinate™.  Powered by TeleCommunication Systems, VZ Navigator VX is unlike any other navigation service offered today, providing customers with 3D navigation views using enhanced 3D city models and true-to-life images of highway and exit signs.
An evolution of ordinary direction services, the 3D capabilities of VZ Navigator VX are available in six cities at launch, including: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington D.C., with more cities being added in 2011.  The 3D city and road views add dimension to the turn-by-turn directions VZ Navigator VX offers.  Other enhancements in the newest version include "real" signs and road views, satellite maps and day/night modes among other features.  
"Verizon Wireless continues to add more to VZ Navigator, and VZ Navigator VX now gives our customers some of the most advanced mapping and navigation services available today," said Kristi Crum, director, Consumer Solutions for Verizon Wireless.  "Whether they are in a familiar place and need to get around more efficiently or exploring new territory in a car or on foot, customers can turn to VZ Navigator to get them where they want to go."
VZ Navigator VX builds on existing location-based technology, including an easy-to-use interface, improved functionality for finding points of interest, the ability to run multiple VZ Navigator functions simultaneously within a navigation session and integration with Facebook®
Customers can download VZ Navigator VX from the Android Market™.  It is available for $9.99 a month for unlimited access, $4.99 for a weekly usage or $2.99 for a one-day/24-hour use.  VZ Navigator VX is available initially on DROID X by Motorola, the Samsung Fascinate and the DROID Incredible by HTC with additional devices rolling out in 2011.  Unlike traditional navigation devices that require annual upgrades to remain accurate, the monthly charge includes continuous updates to maps and points of interest.  Download charges vary and airtime or megabyte charges may apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications.
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS), is a leader in location-based technology whose mobile services empower consumers to make quick, smart decisions when they're on the go.  For more information about TCS products and services, visit www.telecomsys.com

Verizon Wireless reminds customers that when behind the wheel, safe driving should always be the first priority.  For additional information and a full set of terms and conditions for VZ Navigator, visitwww.verizonwireless.com/vznavigator.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • ryan

    I have to pay money for this app AND I get Bing integration!

    Yes please! Where do I sign up?

  • http://www.looseleafdaily.com Rob

    I have a hard time seeing this as viable competition when you have to pay $10/mo for it, and it only works on a few phones. Google navigation is free and works on the platform.

  • Matchstick

    $9.99 for 1 months useage
    or $5.00 one-off payment for CoPilot Live USA
    or $0.00 for Google Nav (as long as you have data access)

    Tough choice.

    • data access

      you don't need data access for GMM 5.

      • Coldman

        Uhh, yes you do. It caches some data where you've already visited but please don't spread misinformation about not requiring data. It doesn't ship with offline maps.

  • midn1ght

    Exactly this is laughable

  • Duderino

    "they’ve delivered just what we’ve all been asking for: more Bing!"

    Um, who the hell was asking for more bing? considering this is an Android-based site, isn't Google the preferred provider for, um, EVERYTHING?

    Also, this app requires payment, as opposed to Google Maps which is FREE!

    Sorry Verizon, but I pay enough to get my data from you.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Sarcasm.

      • duderino

        There's not a hint of sarcasm in the entire post. You could use "/s" in the future

        • Coldman

          I think it's pretty clear it was sarcasm, especially after the exclamation point and bolding. You don't need /s tags for implied sarcasm.

        • duderino

          @coldman
          Yes he does because he goes on to defend Bing and talks up the service. Bold and exclamation != sarcasm.

        • erKURITA

          Or they could also learn to better recognize the lack of proper punctuation and sarcasm-point-out in their post.

        • Aaron Gingrich

          @duderino: Suggesting that you don't judge something until you try it isn't the same thing as defending it.

  • shadowjin

    More competition willl drive Google to improve there own GPS and add more 3D map integration.

    • duderino

      Um "free" keeps them on top

      • Ken

        how much money do you make? do you need a loan? that reminds me, did you hear that Bob and Alice are getting married next month?

  • portnoyd

    Incredible non-news. I'm sure most readers would prefer this not being posted at all.

    Also: lololololol

    • Coldman

      I'd say it's nice to check out what the competition is cooking up, to see what we may be missing. The freeway view with 3D buildings is actually really nice - I hope Google tops them there.

  • Jordan

    The biggest flaw compared to Google Navigator is pretty simple: Price.

    10$ a month compared to free???

    Verizon get's enough of my money month to month

  • Shane

    should have just said "bing" in ur title, it woukd have saved me reading it...

  • Greg

    Uhm, NO! TY! Just tried. It is jerky as hell, doesn't always work with BT, yet 10 bucks per month?? For what? For few fancy graphics?? OMG! GPS signal is free (as of now, haha), yet Google maps nav is way much better!

  • jimymc

    Five bucks for CoPilot and it has all it's data in memory.

    What happens to Navigator when you are out of range of Verizon's cell towers?

    Ten dollars a month adds up to $120 a year. Go out and buy a reconditioned Garmin GPS every year for that. They store all of their data in memory as well.

  • Geek

    Do you get traffic on google? I know you get layered traffic on google but on this one, you get updates on the phone without touching the phone.

    Moreover, it guides you what lane you should be in. This is more off a metropolitan city product than any small town application.

    Check it out ..!!!!

  • http://www.boundlesstechnical.com/ Christina

    I prefer to use Google. I already pay Verizon more than enough every month as it is. Yes, I know, It's just $10, but that $10 will come in handy someplace else. I have to admit, it definitely trumps the old VZ navigator.

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