“We are very optimistic about the market potential for mobile personal navigation services”, said Johan Fagerberg of Berg. “There is already a wide range of navigation solutions available for both smartphones and Java-enabled handsets.
Technologies like A-GPS, Indoor-GPS and Galileo will soon enable handset manufacturers to include satellite positioning in mass-market models for the European market. This will radically improve the market conditions for navigation and all other location-based services.”
Berg says Jentro, Route66 and TomTom were the top three providers of handset-based personal navigation solutions during 2005. Route66 and TomTom reinforced their market positions with on-board solutions for Symbian OS smartphones; thanks to a successful final quarter on the German market, Jentro was able to snatch the top spot with its off-board solution for Java-handsets.
Jentro is an interesting one, actually. It offers an ingenious Java-based off-board solution called activepilot which runs on more than 80 different mobile phones – and because it’s a Java app the roster includes inexpensive mass-market handsets as well as smartphones.
Currently Jentro sells mainly through partners in Germany, but it’s an ambitious company and we’d expect to see it over here soon.