SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: TNAV), the industry leader in location-based services, today announced a new voice chat feature to its free Scout mobile application that makes the process of meeting up with friends even easier and more fun. This new "Walkie Talkie" feature enhances Scout's social navigation capabilities.
Now Scout users can communicate and share information with the people they are meeting, in a manner much quicker than sending a text. Joining friends for dinner, but running late and want to let them know to go ahead and order an appetizer? Just push-to-talk with the updated Scout app, and your friends will hear your message and be able to reply. Going home, and want to let your partner know that the kids should wait up for you? Share your ETA by easily sending a voice message, connecting with the ones that matter most in your life.
"When people are going places, more often than not there are other people involved – whether it's meeting friends at a destination, or simply going home to family," said Rohan Chandran, General Manager of Telenav's Mobile division. "And once people are involved, there's a fundamental need for communication. We started out with the simplest piece of information-sharing, to answer 'when will you get there?' We're now introducing the ability to easily communicate with the people that matter. We're committed to making the navigation experience more effective, more meaningful, and a lot more fun, and these are just the first steps along that path."
Scout users already have the ability to easily create an event, contact and invite friends, choose a location, communicate updates with the group (via text chat) and navigate to the destination with live traffic updates and voice guided turn-by-turn directions. With Scout, users spend less time managing a variety of tools and applications to connect with people to plan an event and more time actually enjoying the journey. Scout also provides the most up-to-date routes, harnessing the power of over 2 million OpenStreetMap editors, as well as Telenav's 15 years of expertise in mobile navigation.
Voice chat is available today for Scout users on Android mobile devices, with a version for iPhone mobile devices to be released in July. This capability is part of Scout's new design updates, which were also released earlier this month, making the app more intuitive and easier to use.
To learn more about Scout, please visit: www.scoutgps.com
About Telenav, Inc.
Telenav's mission is to help reduce stress, improve productivity and make life more fun through a more personalized and social navigation experience. We achieve this through applications like Scout, that help people connect with friends and family and to activities they care most about.
Our products are found in mobile app stores, distributed through our carrier partners (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular), embedded in connected cars (Ford), and on the Web at www.telenav.com, www.scout.me and www.thinknear.com.
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