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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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRV8-u7adeQ[/youtube]

  • 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!

  • 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..

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

  • 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.

  • Djstar2k2

    pps i meant the whole planet

  • Djstar2k2

    wow really? googs is free, most the whole plant,street views,places,local share constant updates 3d panning. umm why is this an app? and hell anybidy from the android army lets anyone they kno pay for this shame on u! hell i taught my mom how to use googs map in 2 mins.

  • Alex_a

    The cabs are here!

  • Is it really Verizon trying to compete with big time GPS units or is it B*ng trying to compete with Google?

  • JoeLivesLife

    Doesn’t the fascinate have major issues with gps?

  • Magical 1

    If VZ Navigator were FREE, how many would switch over from Google Maps?

    Not me = 1

  • Hoya1989

    i am convinced the VZ Nav is part the problem with Samsung Fascinate navigation. Loved the phone but had to get the droid x because of nav. Now i love the X so all is good. However, the whole experience certainly gave a black eye to Verizon in my opinion.

    • I couldn’t give up my Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate for a Droid X. The form factor (feel in hand) is so much better.
      If the Fascinate’s GPS worked it would almost be a perfect phone. I’ve installed all the most recent third party rom’s in hopes that GPS would be “fixed”. They’ve made it better (30-120 seconds to lock vs 2-20 minutes) but nothing like the instant lock of the X or Incredible. I have to believe it’s a Samsung hardware issue. My friends brand new Nexus S has a problem getting a gps lock. Must be the same hardware.

    • I couldn’t give up my Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate for a Droid X. The form factor (feel in hand) is so much better.
      If the Fascinate’s GPS worked it would almost be a perfect phone. I’ve installed all the most recent third party rom’s in hopes that GPS would be “fixed”. They’ve made it better (30-120 seconds to lock vs 2-20 minutes) but nothing like the instant lock of the X or Incredible. I have to believe it’s a Samsung hardware issue. My friends brand new Nexus S has a problem getting a gps lock. Must be the same hardware.

  • Competition is great but they won’t get my money until it beats Google Maps by a mile. They have definitely caught up pretty quickly though. Last year a feature comparison between the two would have been lol-able. At pretty close to feature parity the only thing laughable now is the price comparison.

  • How they can compete with free Google maps? Easy. They just need to find a way to prevent user from downloading Google maps, that’s it.

  • This is laughable at best. Why would anyone in their right mind pay monthly, weekly, or even daily for a GPS Navigator app like this one when they can get the same thing, but A HELL OF A LOT BETTER for…wait for it…

    …FREE!

    This is crazy talk right there. But I do admit that the video is kinda catchy and worth watching.

  • Anonymous

    for where VZnav was.. it has actually come pretty far.. and while I still have no reason to switch, this alternative gives slight advantages over google maps, but of course none for which most people would pay for

    but 3 months ago it was pay $10/mo for less than what you get free with google maps, at least they offer some extra crap now

  • Anonymous

    for where VZnav was.. it has actually come pretty far.. and while I still have no reason to switch, this alternative gives slight advantages over google maps, but of course none for which most people would pay for

    but 3 months ago it was pay $10/mo for less than what you get free with google maps, at least they offer some extra crap now

  • Guest

    Why pay for this POS when you get Google Maps for free?

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who noticed the black notification bar on the Droid X?
    Ohhh Verizon and their photoshop.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who noticed the black notification bar on the Droid X?
    Ohhh Verizon and their photoshop.

  • Anonymous

    As if it wasn’t bad enough they want us to pay for a service we can already get for free, they junked it up w/ Bing! If that’s not an obvious slap in the face to the OS that has made them so much money in the last couple years, I don’t know what is! Wouldn’t pay for VZ Nav anyway, but Bing is an absolute deal breaker!

    Hey Verizon… keep your Bing off my Google!

    • Rocktoonz

      I’ll go ya one better. My wife an I play an Android game called WordFeud, basically Scrabble knock-off that allows for online multiplayer games. We have the free version for now, which like so many other free apps is ad-supported. Lately, I’ve been getting ads for Windows Phones when we play. Talk about a slap in the face.

  • Dc3mech

    This is great! It’s good to see Big Red be so proactive on app development. Now, since they are getting the i*hone they should look into dev’ing a VZ Fart app – charge $5.99 a month… it would be awesome to see them corner the iStore with it.

  • Rocktoonz

    I will say that for devices that can’t run google maps/navigation, such as my wife’s old LG Voyager, the VZ Navigator was a great add-on. Smartphones, especially Android devices, should not have to pay extra for this kind of thing as we’re getting reamed by their pricing plans already.

  • LeeInMKE

    Haha. Sweetness. See that tall gray building in the background? That’s where I work! 😀

  • LeeInMKE

    Haha. Sweetness. See that tall gray building in the background? That’s where I work! 😀

  • Chris Nimon

    Uh, NO. I’ve been in Chicago for 3 days now and Google hasn’t failed me yet. Easy to read layout and easy to navigate through the app. At this point if any one wants to compete with G maps they’re gonna have to be twice as good and free before I’d even try them out.

    • Keithsmnr

      The only time google nav fails me is when I am in Chicago. It always fails because of Chicago closing on-ramps for 90 and obviously Google isn’t aware of it. Also some other addresses I’ve nav’d in Chicago, google has me going in circles and circles literally…pain in the ass. I don’t really blame Google though, I’d blame Chicago and their shitty road management and constantly being under construction.

  • Hogasswildmc

    I feel it borderlines on deceptive practices. Understandably people may be interested in options that may provide a better experience, which is why we all have various apps and even similar functioning ones. But I don’t think a typical user would pay for Verizon’s app when Google’s is just as capable and included free unless they are not told about it. One of the biggest selling points for me as getting Google Maps and getting out from under paying that stupid extra $10 a month just for navigation.

  • Antintyty

    how can it even think about competing with a FREE app? I’m not paying for some crazy service that my PHONE lets me use for free….that’s just nuts!

    • Guest

      Not only is Google Maps free, it is one of the best mapping and turn by turn navigation applications on any smartphone.

      Try competing with something that is free and the best on the market.

      Impossible.

  • DroidzFX

    Unless its free I am not going to use it. I dont know about you but Googles routes to certain destinations is jacked up. It insists on taking the most difficult route possible.

  • Kellex put it right, Carriers expect to make money off of this? I mean google maps, navi, and all that stuff is free to use and free to download. No hidden charges, and no ads either.

    Sometimes having 5 different apps are better than 1 app that does 5 different things.

  • Booboolala2000

    Local search with Bing? Lol. I’m sure it’s still $10 a month. Good luck. If I am ever in someone’s car and they pull out this shit, I will laugh in their face.

  • I feel like their efforts would be better spent elsewhere. But all they care about is squeezing some money out of people who don’t really understand a lot about their smartphones. My Mother-In-Law left Verizon with Navigator installed and a $10 charge for navigation.

    I chewed out the guy at the Verizon store, but he really didn’t know anything about Android phones in the first place, so might have just been following orders.

    How about taking the programmers working on the crappy nav systems and move them to work on getting updates out to users…and can we please get rid of these stupid skins (Blur, Sense, etc…)…please!

    I’m done 🙂

  • Rule of thumb: Whenever an article title has a question in it, the answer is ALWAYS “no”.

    Follow-up questions:
    1). is it free
    2). does it do ANYTHING that google doesn’t already do for free?

  • Rule of thumb: Whenever an article title has a question in it, the answer is ALWAYS “no”.

    Follow-up questions:
    1). is it free
    2). does it do ANYTHING that google doesn’t already do for free?

  • I guess Verizon hates BLUR just as much as we do XD

  • I guess Verizon hates BLUR just as much as we do XD

  • Actually, Bing Maps has recently received several recent upgrades that in many ways, make it more appealing to Google, Not saying I would pay for the app, but can’t help but wonder if it is a preview of the big Bing update coming to WP7?

  • Anonymous

    I expect the Bing haters will chime in on this one.

    • Antintyty

      screw bing…

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

    • But…but…it has BING!

      • Dan

        When it gets “bada” I’ll be in.

    • Anonymous

      both of these features are present in Google apps:

      Latitude and Places

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • Anonymous

    Features like “Share Your ‘Where'” and “Local Search with Bing” will really make me want to leave Google’s free service… Not really.

  • EC8CH

    Note to wireless carriers:
    Stop working on apps, just work on providing a network that we can send data through.

    Note to hardware manufactures:
    Stop working on your own OS, just work on providing quality hardware to put stock android on.

    Note to the cast of Jersey Shore:
    Stop it… just stop it.

    • Anonymous

      Amen, +1000, agreed, ditto, etc.

    • smoothy

      ^ THIS ^

    • Anonymous

      This is probably the most accurate and succint comment I’ve read in months. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 100 likes before it’s over 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I’m actually starting to like jersey shore.. well be entertained by it

    • This is laughable at best. Why would anyone in their right mind pay monthly, weekly, or even daily for a GPS Navigator app like this one when they can get the same thing, but A HELL OF A LOT BETTER for…wait for it…

      …FREE!

      This is crazy talk right there. But I do admit that the video is kinda catchy and worth watching.

    • Richard H Slocum

      THEY DID. network pulled the plug on JS

  • event121

    I can’t imagine that anything put in this wouldn’t eventually be available in Google Navigation for FREE. What is probably being looked at is consumer feedback for the product so it can be better when it is loaded onto devices that do not have access to Google Navigation.

  • Who in their right mind is going to pay approx 9.99/month to get information that Google and other related apps provide at no cost. In fact, in this day and age, being able to know where you’re going (especially on the mobile smartphone) should truly be free – almost like a public service. Neither AT&T nor Verizon provides any significant value-added feature that justifies the price.

    • Probably a lot more people than you think. They just don’t understand how the phones work, only that their friend have a Droid and it has navigation on it.

      Hi, Mr. Verizon Person, I want a Droid with navigation…

      Great, here is a Droid with navigation..it only costs $10 per month…and NOW you won’t get lost.

      Sad

      • KleenDroid

        There are no doubt many women out there that have no idea that their phones can do this for free.

        And shame on Verizon for taking advantage of them.

        • Rocktoonz

          I would venture a guess that there’s as many men as women out there that have no idea their phones can do this for free. I work in a tech call center, and trust me when I say that tech illiteracy is NOT gender-specific!

        • LuvnRazr

          As a woman who just bought the Droid Moto Razr and am having a blast playing with all the apps today, it’s a shame I have to hear a slam against women when looking on the forums. I don’t cut down on men! I know more tech savvy women then men – don’t generalize!

          As for the rest of the comments – Thanks. I loved Google Maps on my original Droid, interesting to see what this “VZ Navigator” is all about. Shame this bloatware can’t be deleted off my Razr, but at least I can hide the app so I won’t have to look at it on my list. Oh well.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like the navigation that my brother has on his iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    Put simply, no.

  • EC8CH

    Free Nav Software provided by Google vs Monthly subscription to VCrapware… hmmmm

    I see it’s also powered by Bing…. hmmm

    • Billy

      that dx is also running sense? lol the tob bar is the sense tob bar. Good photoshop vzw

      • EC8CH

        good call…

        “I find your lack of photochop skillz disturbing…”

    • Billy

      that dx is also running sense? lol the tob bar is the sense tob bar. Good photoshop vzw