TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with the team at NAVIGON.
What are your names Bernd, Andreas, Eva, Bernd, Christian, Andreas, Andrej
What company are you all with? NAVIGON
Where are you located? Wuerzburg, Germany
And on the web? www.navigon.com
What's your Twitter name? @NAVIGON_US
How long have you been a developer? NAVIGON was founded in 1991 and this year we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We've developed many industry firsts, including the first navigation system for Pocket PC, the first dynamic traffic information service, and the first realistic display of highway interchanges and exits (Reality View), among many other features.
How long have you been an iOS developer? We started developing for iOS in 2009.
Do you develop for any other platform in addition to iOS? If so, which one(s)? NAVIGON develops navigation solutions for most major smartphone platforms, including Android, Windows Phone 7, Bada, Windows Mobile, and Symbian.
What primary computer setup do you use for your iOS development? Our iOS team mainly uses various iMacs and MacBook Pros. A Mac Pro serves as our buildserver.
What iOS device(s) do you personally use most often? We mostly use the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
What mobile devices, other than iOS, do you currently use? We use 99.9% iOS devices.
What's your favorite thing about developing for iOS? The SDK is very thought through and intuitive. Also, the overall structure of iOS and the App Store environment is very stable and reliable.
What's your least favorite thing about developing for iOS? We partially miss API access to system functions.
What feature would you most like Apple to add to the iOS 5 SDK? We would like to see the integration of app content into the spotlight search. Since most content is saved within apps, this would make it much easier to find stuff. We would also really like to be able to only partially update our app with smaller changes like bug fixes, for example. Right now, users always need to download the full application no matter how big the update is. It would be great if iOS 5 would allow us to push out smaller updates, so our users only have to download the data that has been changed and not the full application.
What feature would you most like Apple to add to the App Store? We would love to be able to respond to user reviews or to have the option to get in touch with our app users. This would allow us to provide assistance and clarify misunderstandings.
If we were to eavesdrop on you while you were coding, what curse word would we hear you use the most? We sometimes hear a German word starting with "sch." ;-)
What do you do when you're not coding iOS apps? There's not much time left... Other than working on NAVIGON's iOS apps, we enjoy spending time with friends and travelling.
What should we look for from you next? We are working on some major additions for our MobileNavigator app for this summer. This will include some amazing surprises, stay tuned!
We would also like to point out that only those who have our latest version (1.8 or 1.8.1) are eligible to take advantage of the benefits in the next version, so we encourage everyone to update their MobileNavigator app. We will also roll-out a couple of new free single-feature apps, similar to help2park but with different functionalities.
Thanks Bernd, Andreas, Eva, Bernd, Christian, Andreas, Andrej and team NAVIGON!
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