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July 6, 2010

Skobbler sat-nav app hits 72,000 UK downloads on iPhone

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by Darren Allan

It’s now three weeks since Skobbler, the German created free sat-nav app, was brought out on the iPhone in the UK.

And the company says its app has been even more successful in this country than it was in Germany, having been downloaded over 72,000 times thus far.

The Skobbler app has been top of the UK free navigation apps chart since its release. It also managed number 10 in the overall free apps chart, beaten only by the likes of the wonderful vuvuzela app (we really won’t miss this year’s World Cup disappearing from our screens).

Skobbler points out that the amount of personal navigation devices shipped to the UK in the first quarter of 2010 was 266,000. The Skobbler app’s initial three week volume is 27% of that figure, and in fact if it continues to be downloaded at this pace, it will outstrip PND shipments.

Marcus Thielking, Co-Founder of Skobbler, commented: “It’s early days [in the UK] and to have experienced such success in such a short amount of time is quite overwhelming and encouraging. It demonstrates again just how popular mobile phone navigation is becoming.”

Skobbler is different from other sat-nav apps in that it employs a community based map updating approach, making it the Wikipedia of the sat-nav world.

This means that map data is kept impressively up to date at no cost, theoretically, although like Wikipedia, the system is open to rogue editors and abuse.

A major update is in the pipeline for the app, which will enhance its stability and aesthetic appeal, as well as providing full compatibility with Apple’s new iOS 4. An Android version of Skobbler is also on the way (it went live in Germany two weeks ago).

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