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The PR Room Ltd
21 November 2012

skobbler Launches Google Maps Rival, ForeverMap 2-The Ultimate Hybrid App for

Utilising OpenStreetMap data, ForeverMap 2 provides cutting edge map
technology with both online and offline maps

BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - November 21, 2012) - 

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· Hybrid functionality offers a worldwide online map with optional map
upgrades for offline use

· skobbler makes the crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap shine like never before with
stunning map visuals

· skobbler''s advanced NGx technology gives users a paperback-like seamless
map experience

· Installable offline map of one entire country is already included at no
extra cost

· Address search, location finder, route calculation and POIs fully available
online and optionally offline

· Continuous free software and map updates

skobbler today announces the worldwide launch of the exciting next generation
of hybrid (online and offline) maps with the launch of ForeverMap 2, an
innovative, forward-thinking solution that takes on Google Maps and rivals
with a number of unique benefits and features.

ForeverMap 2 uses OpenStreetMap, a worldwide open-source project that has
created the most dynamic map on the planet and one that is showcased through
skobbler''s wildly popular GPS Navigation 2software. ForeverMap 2 gives users
a true choice over how they use maps, whether online or offline with full
countries, continents, states and cities available to purchase as installable
map upgrades, and all the time offers unprecedented detail and accuracy thanks
to an ever-growing worldwide contributor base that''s closing in on one
million users already.

Featuring skobbler''s newest generation of its advanced NGx map engine,
ForeverMap 2 offers a number of advantages over the competition. Users get the
ultimate choice in how they want to use maps: either online or with convenient
offline map area upgrades for cities or entire countries. Alongside advanced
map compression technology to cut down on the valuable phone real estate taken
up by downloaded maps, this choice allows you to find the optimal balance of
online and offline map use while leaving enough room for videos, photos and
other apps. ForeverMap 2 also takes map software way past sole street-level
focus thanks to OpenStreetMap''s outdoor data richness, allowing cyclists,
hikers and pedestrians to find the most effective route to their destination.
Users can bookmark places of interest to save key locations to the current
map, access Wikipedia-based descriptions for sites of interest, and with
regular, free map updates offers an amazing degree of detail and accuracy.

Alongside these benefits, ForeverMap 2 brings all of the functionality you''d
expect from a high-end map solution, including address search, location
finder, route calculation and an extensive POI database for both online and
offline use through optional map downloads. Locations can be shared with
friends and the "paperback-like" map experience offers cutting-edge map
visuals alongside zoom, pan and turn controls, street names and a compass that
can be set to orient itself in the direction of travel.

"We believe that our great experience with OpenStreetMap puts us in a unique
position to offer modern smartphone and tablet users a powerful alternative to
rival map services," says co-founder of skobbler, Marcus Thielking.
"ForeverMap 2 is the most powerful hybrid map solution on the market, allowing
users to choose exactly what they want to view and how they want to view it:
OpenStreetMap''s rapidly growing contributor base, which is closing in on one
million users, enables us to provide the most dynamic and accurate solution on
the market."

Businesses and developers can also benefit from the technology fueling
ForeverMap 2 (and GPS Navigation 2) through skobbler''s GeOS map access
technology for both web and mobile. GeOS allows developers to implement
OpenStreetMap into their services, providing them with a more versatile,
independent alternative to Google Maps and other platforms while enabling
features such as zooming, colouring and panning and dramatically reducing the
complexity of working with raw map data.

"We''re already working closely with a number of large corporations to help
them integrate OpenStreetMap into their products and services via GeOS," says
Thielking. "Having achieved status of bestselling navigation app for
years-on-end in Germany and the UK and #1 position in over 20 countries with
GPS Navigation 2, we''ve proved that our innovative technology solution is
ready and able to meet the demands of today''s consumers and service
providers. We believe that we''re well-placed to offer similar benefits to
businesses that are looking for an alternative to Google Maps and other

ForeverMap 2 is available now for Android via the Google Play store priced at
69p, and users will receive online worldwide maps for free alongside an
offline map of their choice as standard. Other maps are available for offline
use via in-app purchases. Prices start at 69p for Cities, Countries are £1.99,
Continents £3.99 and a map of the World costs just £7.99.

About skobbler

Founded in 2008, Berlin-based skobbler ( is one of the
premier players in mobile location-aware services. With over 3 million
customers on iOS alone, skobbler has regularly topped overall and category app
charts in numerous countries, leading the way in the development of location
technology and end consumer products based on the OpenStreetMap. This
experience also facilitates skobbler''s development projects for third
parties. Based on the skobbler GeOS map access technology, companies can base
their location-aware web or mobile services on the OpenStreetMap.

Press contacts

For further information or to arrange an interview with Marcus Thielking,
Co-founder of skobbler, please contact:

Sarah Chard
The PR Room
Tel: +44 (0)845 094 2902

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