skobbler Launches Google Maps Rival, ForeverMap 2-The

skobbler Launches Google Maps Rival, ForeverMap 2-The Ultimate Hybrid
App for Maps 
Utilising OpenStreetMap data, ForeverMap 2 provides cutting edge map
technology with both online and offline maps 
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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 2
software. 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. Foreve
rMap 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 rivals."  
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 GBP 1.99, Continents GBP 3.99 and a map of
the World costs just GBP 7.99.  
About skobbler  
Founded in 2008, Berlin-based skobbler (www.skobbler.com) 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:  


 
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