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VZ Navigator Version X Headed to Select Verizon Android Phones (Updated)

This interesting video popped up on Verizon’s YouTube channel yesterday starring a new VZ Navigator product that they are calling Version X.  No date or price was given for it, but it’s definitely trying to compete with Google Maps and every other big time navigation product.  We’re not sure if it actually can compete, especially knowing that Google Maps can be downloaded onto any device  for free and is always seeing significant updates, but we’ll applaud them for trying.  It’ll be interesting to see what price point Verizon comes in at with this one.

We should point out that the video only shows the DROID X and Incredible running the software, but we’ll try to hold off from determining that it won’t see any other devices.  And we’ve listed out a majority of the features in this new product below, although you’ll want to watch the video to get the full experience.

Carriers obviously feel like they can make money off of these products, but to die-hards like us, this just seems like a giant waste of money, doesn’t it?  Your thoughts?

Update:  And the press release is now available with the last bit of details including price and availability.  The service will cost $9.99 per month, $4.99 for weekly usage or $2.99 for a one-day/24-hour use.  It will be available to only the DROID X, Incredible and Samsung Fascinate.  You can download the latest version of VZ Navigator in the market right now if you have one of those 3 and it should include all of the features for “Version X.”

  • Virtual City Driving:  Enhanced reality driving with 3D buildings and graphics.
  • Smart Start:  Turn-by-turn directions from start, even inside a parking garage.
  • Know Your “Where” Using Satellite Maps:  Satellite views that move with you as you travel.
  • Local Search with Bing:  Search, find and navigate to millions of places, right from your phone
  • Because You’re Always Mobile:  Weather, gas, movies and local info around you is in real time.
  • With VZ Navigator Smart Routes:  Pick how you want to go – bike, walk, car or truck.
  • Find Your Way Around Traffic:  Traffic updates every 60 seconds from 1.8 billion probes.
  • Check Out the Big Picture:  Get a snapshot of your entire trip.
  • Share Your “Where”:  Place messages and Facebook status updates from within.
  • VZNavigator.com:  Plan trips online and send them to your phone.
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  • Richard H Slocum

    It may not be available. But they tried to sell it to me through my Droid RAZR a couple of days ago. Of course this was when I complained the free maps had my location a block away from where i was. My wife’s LG phone shows us in the right place at the same time though. ??????

  • Bill

    VZ Navigator tears up the battery on my Revolution.  Does anyone know how to keep it from running?  It restarts when I stop it.
     

  • GaryCooper

    The only thing I miss about VZNavigator is Michelle’s voice…Go Google!

  • GaryCooper

    The only thing I miss about VZNavigator is Michelle’s voice…Go Google!

  • GaryCooper

    The only thing I miss about VZNavigator is Michelle’s voice…Go Google!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000612373547 Arpitha Konda

    Google Places can never beat Facebook places because Places is closely linked to social. Better competition would be between Facebook places and Foursquare. However I see websites like http://workplacetalk.com that are already built on top of facebook places. The advantage facebook has compared to other sites is Huge Huge user base..

  • VaXer

    I would really like to see a breakdown for how much money this brings in for Verizon vs. paying all the folks that work on the project, put out the marketing materials etc.. because I just can’t imagine they make THAT much off of it for all the work it takes..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797475274 Nadeem Najib Kizi

    I have not read the article yet, but why is the notification bar black/grey??
    Verizon loves rooting?

  • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

    Why would you pay $10 a month for navigation software for your phone when

    A. Google Navigation is free, and
    B. You could buy a Garmin for the price of a year of VZ Navigator, and ideally use said Garmin for more than a year.

    Don’t get me wrong, Google’s Navigation isn’t perfect, and you do sort of get what you pay for. But if you want something better, isn’t a dedicated GPS a better option?

  • a guest

    It’s hard to compete against a solid navigation app provided for free.

    … but for all the strong opinions … how many of you had a chance to compare the apps side by side? This version, in particular?

    Here, for the sake of being a devil’s advocate, are some disadvantages of Google Nav:

    1) They use their own map data, as opposed to Navteq’s. Navteq has been at the map data collection game for 25+ years; Google, maybe 5. It’s not hard to find numerous errors in Google’s data that aren’t present in Navteq’s.
    2) Some people may prefer the 3-d modeled data, as opposed to street view. It’s the difference between an aerial photo, and a drawn map; a diagram draws attention to what you need to look for.
    3) The computerized voice on Google Nav is grating.

    If Google expected its mapping operation to monetize itself, I suspect it would cost a fair bit more than $10/month. Of course, it can afford to do so, because of all of the revenue that used to go to newspapers and other media got directed its way. Google Nav really isn’t free at all, it’s just getting paid for in another way.