NAVX iPhone application "Parking Dispo" allows users to find
a parking space (with live info about availability). It has been selected by Apple for its advertising
campaign. The ad could be seen this morning, in the streets of Paris, in the subway, in daily newspapers !
Imagine its your birthday, anniversary or you are celebrating a very
special occasion! And for this special occasion you would like to go
out to a yummy restaurant or a fancy bar with your friends. What would
your first step be?
Well, last night, I was organizing a night out with friends to
celebrate my birthday. To search for a great restaurant I had two
either go to a restaurant I already knew,
or get a (good) suggestion
The first option didn't work out. I had no precise idea, I had left my restaurant cards at home and anyway, I wanted to discover some new place.
So, how could I get a good suggestion ?
What was important to me was to screen restaurants according to their quality, style, price, location. More importantly, I needed to trust the suggestion.
I could have opened a guide (i.e. Zagat, Michelin) or called a friend
who shares my taste, or browsed a couple of web sites (i.e. Yelp, OpenTable, Qype, etc). Instead, I figured I would try using my iPhone, and I downloaded a few applications, such as:
Parking Dispo is now very popular in the iTunes charts. After only 3 weeks, Parking Dispo ranked 35 in the Top paid apps and has even been picked up by the editorial team at Apple in the New and Noteworthy section on iTunes home page!
Besides providing 1400 car parks addresses all around France, Parking Dispo is the first app able to find an available parking spot in Paris in real time directly on an iPhone & iPod touch.
The community of users can even update information about the car park by simply taking and sending pictures when in the car park.
The App Store is going to be released soon. It is the new market place within iTunes next to the iTunes Music Store. It allows individuals or companies to distribute iPhone / iPod Touch applications either for free or not. The App Store is also responsible for seamless downloads, installation and software updates
The main condition to participate to the App Store is to apply to an iPhone Developer Program and get ready with your iPhone / iPod Touch app.
In case an application is meant to be sold, 70% of the revenues goes to the developer / the company and the remaining 30% goes to Apple. The hosting, the global distribution and the payment processing is free of charge.
Right now, a lot of iPhone applications are ready to be distributed on the App Store. It is just a matter of days before Apple releases the App Store and becomes one of the most powerful online market place to sell media for mobile devices including both iPod family and iPhones.
With Cell-Id, Wifi & GPS Localisation, i'm sure you will find in the near future an Navx app for the new Iphone 3G.
Today Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the availability of the new iPhone 3G on 11th July. This new version of the mobile device is said to be much faster with the 3G networking capability feature. More than that, this new device will include a built-in GPS able to track every single piece of your way. This is a great advance on the mobile world as it turns the mobile device as an inevitable system for geolocalization and navigation.
An all-new iPhone application has also been introduced among the other amazing demos : Loopt. This application is a social application aiming at connecting nearby friends to share your locations and photo and explore places and events. It will be able for free on the App Store as soon as it gets released.
The Apple iPhone has shipped more than five millions units worldwide since its lunch in 2007. We believe that the iPhone will bring consumer awareness to LBS- type applications and markets for the following reasons :
The iPhone has a great screen for LBS
applications, which is clearer than any PNDs and user-friendly for the LBS of pedestrian navigation
The iPhone uses a combination of Skyhook Wireless' technology to do a initial Wi-Fi position (WPS) fix. If no Wi-FI access points are detected then it relies on Google's my location feature which is based on cell tower location information. It means that the absence of organic GPS is not a big deal if you want to search the nearest pizza on the iPhone.
The Google-Maps application on iPhone is user-friendly and ergonomic: easy to find restaurants, gas stations, get driving directions with the local search.. And it also enables poi creation and turn by turn navigation.
The iPhone operates on the EDGE data network which provides up to three times the data capacity of GPRS, so advanced mobile services works well on the iPhone and the network is fast enough to zoom in an out on LBS application.
With the iPhone software development kit, which allows third-party programmers to create applications for the iPhone, many application will benefit from iPhone fonctionnalities (touch screen, google maps, location, big memory, adress book, connectivity, calendar ...)
Accurate digital maps and related content are the foundation of powerful location-based services and applications and with all the social platforms launching their web application for iPhone, users can have more personalized experience from their devices.
Apparently Gear Live guys are fed up with " iPhone 1.1.3 : fake or not fake ?" questions, they have posted this video below to show the new features of the update, including the home screen shuffling and reorganizing of the icons, the
multi-person SMS sending, and the new “Locate Me” feature in the Google
You can also click here to see Gear Live's iPhone 1.1.3 image gallery.