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Telenav Buys OpenStreetMap Specialist Skobbler for $23.8 Million

Excerpt from GigaOm

Feb 01, 2014 10:11 am

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The more rivals there are to keep Google on its toes, the better. And until Apple reveals what it’s been up to with its acquisitions, OSM is the chief antagonist.

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The nice thing about OpenStreetMap is that, even when the data finds its way into commercial maps, anyone can still download it and find their own use for it. This is a markedly different model from Google’s, in which contributors can improve Google Maps but can’t then get data out of it.

… Unlike Google Maps, Skobbler’s ForeverMap (iOS) and GPS Navigation & Maps (Android) are paid-for, but they have a couple of big selling points: they’re tailored for offline use and they use the OSM system which, by its crowdsourced nature, is particularly good for offroad and pedestrian routes – in fact, in countries such as England and Germany, OSM is more detailed than Google Maps and other rivals.

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