Gokivo GPS Navigator to be pre-installed on Sony Ericsson Aspen

Press Release: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., a world leader in high availability and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that they will be powering the turn-by-turn navigation on the new Sony Ericsson Aspen(TM) smartphone. The phone will be available with the Gokivo(TM) Navigator application preloaded, providing Aspen users with immediate access to the highly acclaimed hyper-local search and navigation service.

The Sony Ericsson Aspen(TM) phone is the first Windows Mobile device to leverage the new partnership between Sony Ericsson and TCS. The navigation functions integrate with Sony Ericsson’s “On the Road” panel, and users are able to press a “maps” button to automatically launch Gokivo Navigator and provide immediate access to a powerful voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation experience.

“Consumers have come to expect turn-by-turn navigation on their mobile devices,” said Doug Antone, senior vice president of TCS’ navigation and telematics group. “At TCS, we strive to provide a product that gives users the peace of mind that they will always be able to find their destination. We have focused our expert development team on making sure Gokivo Navigator is tightly integrated with the core user experience of the Aspen phone, and we believe Sony Ericsson users around the world will appreciate the power of the device and application being put at their fingertips.”

“The Sony Ericsson Aspen is truly a next generation smartphone, and we thought it was essential that users had access to a premium navigation solution,” said Martin Essl, Head of Windows Mobile Application Proposition Planning at Sony Ericsson. “Gokivo Navigator has everything that we look for from a navigation product, and we feel that turn-by-turn navigation has now become a real strong point for the Sony Ericsson Aspen.”

Gokivo Navigator for the Sony Ericsson Aspen(TM) includes the following popular features:

  • Local Search — Gokivo Navigator users have access to top-of-the-line search features that enable consumers to find nearby restaurants, petrol stations, ATMs, hotels, hospitals, and more. Users can also stay within the app and access additional information about nearby POIs, such as showtimes for films playing at the local theater.
  • Traffic and Weather — Users can save time and energy by tapping into the traffic and weather features of Gokivo Navigator. The navigator displays the current weather and weekly forecast information for any location, and highlights any local traffic incidents with a view of the incident report details.
  • Share Your Location — When Gokivo Navigator users wish to share their location, they have the option to send a message to another mobile device with a geo-coded place. This message will allow the recipient to see a map or a route that shows them how to get to the original location.

Gokivo Navigator will be available for free to all Sony Ericsson Aspen(TM) users on a trial basis for the first 30 days. Once the trial period ends, users will have several options to continue using Gokivo Navigator. Facts and features may vary depending on local variant.

The Sony Ericsson Aspen(TM) smartphone will be shown in both the Sony Ericsson booth (8B56) and the TCS booth (1A03) at the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona Spain from February 15-18. A demo of Gokivo Navigator will be available for all consumers that stop by those booths.

To learn more about Gokivo Navigator, visit: http://www.gokivo.com/.

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