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  1. Before the Academy Awards® or the Grammy’s® there is another top award ceremony to be held. It’s the Adrian Awards and MapQuest’s partner, Hampton Hotels, will be there to celebrate! Hampton Hotels has won the “Silver Award” for Web Ad Series from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for their sponsorship of the MapQuest Business Locator!

    Hampton Hotels will be recognized for their advertising excellence award for MapQuest Business Locator at the 53rd annual Adrian Awards Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competitions globally. You can check out all of the winning entries after the Adrian Awards Gala on Feb. 1, 2010 at www.adrianawards.com.

    screenshot of mapquest business locator displaying hampton hotels

    The MapQuest Business Locator is a one-of-a-kind, on-map search tool that allows you to find Hampton Hotels as well as other businesses and services such as Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops and many more!

    Hampton Hotels also participated as a MapQuest Business Locator beta partner on the MapQuest 4 Mobile on iPhone™. The MQ4M App allows you to search for the Hampton Inn nearest you, while you are on the move!

    Business Locator displaying Hampton Hotels on MQ4M iPhone App

    What a great way to ring in the New Year. Congratulations Hampton Hotels and MapQuest Business Locator! Cheers to continued success in 2010!







  2. Not to be overshadowed by the recent MapQuest.com release of 360 View, the MapQuest Mobile Team has been working around the clock (almost like little North-Pole Elves) to roll-out upgrades, feature enhancements, distribution arrangements with carriers and much more.

    Put simply, our mobile software suite is now better than before, can be accessed on more phones and is available through more channels and carriers.

    Let’s go through the list and see what has changed:

    I. Mobile Safari and Android Updates (Mobile Web experience)

    We have listened to your requests and added Geo Location to the latest release. That’s right, iPhone and Android users visiting MapQuest.com now have the ability to utilize their Smartphone’s GPS receiver to pinpoint their current location within the map, directions and search forms.


    For those of us that love to “tap” instead of type, this feature is a huge time saver!

    A few additional highlights of this release include:

    A. Access to saved maps and routes from MapQuest.com
    B. Utilize walking directions to navigate pedestrian-only paths.

    If you have an Android phone or an iPhone, check it out at http://m.mapquest.com

    II. MapQuest 4 Mobile on iPhone

    Since its introduction in July, the MapQuest 4 Mobile on iPhone product has gained feature enhancements every month–with December being no exception. Available last week, version 1.2 features many enhancements that our users have long asked for.

    The latest release (1.2) includes:

    A. Walking directions feature that provides directions to navigate pedestrian-only paths.
    B. New map styles with terrain and vegetation imagery that emulates the MapQuest.com experience.
    C. Directions Mode now includes a collapsible “hat” that allows users to expand and contract their route narrative, resulting in a larger view of the map.
    D. Metric Units Support. In Directions Mode, users can now view their route detail in metric units.

    Get the new version here via iTunes.

    III. MapQuest 4 Mobile on BlackBerry

    The last few months we have also been busy collaborating with new carriers and distributors to offer the BlackBerry version of MapQuest 4 Mobile to their customers.

    As such, we are happy to announce that MapQuest 4 Mobile for BlackBerry is now available as a free download on BlackBerry App World!

    In addition, you can also download the product for free at the following locations:

    A. http://www.handmark.com
    B. Sprint customers with BlackBerry phones can download the product via the “PocketExpress” application.

    NOTE: New BlackBerry models are coming! Look for the popular 9700 and 9630 models soon via BlackBerry App World.

    We are excited to be able to bring you these updates as we head into the New Year. Make sure to check in at http://wireless.mapquest.com to see the latest release information.
    Happy Holidays from the MapQuest Mobile Team!

  3. The stage is finally set. With the introduction of MapQuest Navigator on iPhone earlier this month, we now have two distinctive mapping and directions products for iPhone users. Both applications, MapQuest 4 Moblie and MapQuest Navigator, provide the ability for users to get where they need to go and what to do along the way.

    And while both products share this same base functionality, each were designed for their own use case and specific purpose in mind. Here is a tale of these two apps:

    MapQuest 4 Mobile:

    The next evolution of maps and directions on the iPhone.

    Overview: A FREE simple and full-featured alternative to the on-board iPhone maps application providing users easy access to maps, directions, points of interest business listings, and the ability to view MapQuest My Places information.

    Designed For:

    • Casual and business travelers, as well as anyone looking to view maps or easily create directions (route) to and from a specific location(s).
    • Users wishing to view and utilize their Maps & Directions created and saved at MapQuest.com on their iPhone. Get your My Places account here.
    • Users traveling to a new destination wanting easy access to various business listings such as coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, and more.

    Current Version: 1.1.2 (NEW!) Get it here.

    Resources:

    MapQuest Navigator:

    Simple, intuitive, voice-guided navigation for everyone.

    Overview: An affordable streamlined, easy to use turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation application that presents users with an intuitive interface for receiving their route directions via spoken street and highway names.

    Designed For:

    • Casual and business travelers, as well as tourists looking to optimally navigate to a new or known destination via verbal cues and spoken directions.
    • Users that are looking to easily navigate to a known or unknown location-avoiding traffic incidents or traffic congestion.
    • Users traveling to a new destination wanting easy access and route guidance to various business listings such as coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, and more.

    Current Version: 1.0 Get it here for only $3.99/mo, $9.99/3 months, $29.99/yr

    Resources:

  4. As most may know, earlier in the Spring, we launched MapQuest 4 Mobile for BlackBerry. With My Places integration for easy retrieval of your saved Maps & Routes from MapQuest.com, it is the perfect compliment to the “road warrior” lifestyle.

    For those of you that haven’t downloaded the free application, we have made it super easy to get the app so you can hit the road! Over on wireless.mapquest.com we have added a handy little widget that allows you to easily get the application on your BlackBerry. Simply enter your mobile number into the form, click “Send me the link” and seconds later your download link arrives via a *text message. After clicking on the link, your download of the application will begin. It’s the fastest way to start using MapQuest 4 Mobile on your BlackBerry!

    To see if your BlackBerry is compatible, please click here and select your carrier and phone.

    *standard carrier text rates apply


  5. Let’s face it, one of the key elements of any mapping product is the ability to search a particular location for an address or business. When we launched MapQuest 4 Mobile for the iPhone a few months back, we utilized the standard iPhone “2-box” on “1-line” interface that looks like the current mobile Safari search area.

    After the product began to “settle-in”, we heard from a great deal of users that the “1-line” interface was confusing and a bit “clunky”. What did we do? We fixed it and then improved the overall performance of the app as well. Now in version 1.1, when you click within the search field, you are presented with two horizontal search boxes; one for “search by business” and one for “search by address” (see illustration below).

    The list below represents the complete set of updates found within the new 1.1 version:

    • Improved search experience: “Double-decker” entry for business search & address
    • Improved Place Carousel speed and performance
    • Faster “tabbing” between modes: Maps, Directions, My Places, and Settings
    • Improved routing performance
    • My Places locations and locally stored locations can now be viewed on the same screen

    If you haven’t already downloaded the free application for your iPhone, click here to get the latest version now {opens iTunes link}.

  6. Now Featuring Address Book Integration!

    Since our MapQuest 4 Mobile on iPhone app launched last month, a great deal of you requested a way to easily plot the address of a contact in your address book onto a MapQuest 4 Mobile map. Well, ask and you shall receive! The latest version available now in the iPhone App Store includes this new feature as well as a host of changes and enhancements. Here is the complete list:

    1. New Address Book integration! Easily plot any address from your iPhone’s address book onto a MapQuest 4 Mobile map and get directions to that address.
    2. 13 new branded place widgets that include: Chili’s®, Citibank®, Comfort Inn®, Embassy Suites®, FedEx®, Home Depot®, HSBC®, Interstate Batteries®, Kohl’s®, Papa John’s®, Quality Inn®, Sears®, and Wendy’s®.
    3. Added Search, Map, and Directions Icons to My Places for easier visual recognition.
    4. Various user interface bug and stability fixes.


    So, if you haven’t downloaded the free application, what have you been waiting for?
    Click here to get it now.

  7. It has been a week since we launched MapQuest 4 Mobile in the iPhone App Store, and the application has already racked-up over 180 thousand downloads and a top 20 birth in the “Free” app category (the app currently sits at #12). Users and the press alike are ecstatic about the application-providing a host of accolades and reviews that bear mentioning once again.

    “MapQuest’s new free iPhone app – pretty much a head-on direct competitor to the Google Maps client that ships with the iPhone OS. Definitely worth checking out.” – John Gruber, Daring Fireball

    “MapQuest 4 Mobile is the latest mapping app for the iPhone and iPod touch from MapQuest from AOL. This free iPhone app works as great substitute for the built in Google Maps iPhone app.” — AppSafari.com

    “I like that MapQuest has a few tricks up its sleeve that are not in the built-in Maps app. I’ll definitely be keeping it, using it, and finding out whether I prefer it to Maps.” – Patrick Jordan, Just Another iPhone Blog

    So, if you haven’t downloaded the free application, what have you been waiting for? Your iPhone is begging for an alternative to the standard Maps app from Google!

    Click here to get it now.

  8. Webster’s defines evolution as: “…any process of formation or growth”, and “…a product of such development; something evolved”. While “evolution” can mean many things to many people, we at MapQuest® think our newly released MapQuest 4 Mobile on iPhone™ epitomizes the Webster’s definition.

    After many months of development, we are proud to announce the availability of MapQuest 4 Mobile on the iPhone. Since last September, the MapQuest 4 Mobile mapping and directions product has been available to BlackBerry® Smartphone users as a free application. With the iPhone, our developers saw an opportunity to start from scratch and completely overhaul the MapQuest 4 Mobile experience to take advantage of the iPhone’s unique Multi-touch interface and large screen. The end result is truly the next evolution of maps & directions on the iPhone™, offering a set of unique features that simplify your mobile mapping and directions experience.

    Here are a few of the innovative features:

    1. Save Maps and Routes on MapQuest.com and retrieve them on your iPhone using your My Places account. (Get your MapQuest My Places account here)

    2. More useful driving directions featuring an oversized display and landscape mode orientation.

    3. New MapQuest® Place Carousel allows you to easily display locations for hotels, movie theatres, gas stations, and more with a single tap.

    4. Negotiate difficult turns or sets of turns with the help of orientation arrows when viewing directions in map mode.

    5. Create your own “My Position” icon that represents YOU on the map using the iPhone’s built-in camera or choose from a variety of existing My Position icons.

    6. Easily add multiple points to your route.

    So, if you have an iPhone and are looking for a free, full-featured maps and directions application, now you have a choice! Join the evolution and download MapQuest 4 Mobile on iPhone today.

    Want more information? Visit: http://wireless.mapquest.com
    If you would like to download the feature screenshots, click here. To see the feature-by-feature YouTube video, click here.

  9. Use The Enhanced MapQuest4Mobile With My Places To View Saved Maps & Directions On Your BlackBerry instead Of Printing.

    The MapQuest4Mobile developer and Quality Assurance teams are going to sleep well tonight! In the last month we’ve been working crazy hours to get the full “My Places” experience on your BlackBerry. So while we head home to regenerate our burned out brain cells, you’ve got some pretty sweet stuff to try out in today’s new version of MapQuest4Mobile. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, or haven’t signed-in to My Places since we released it for mobile last month, take it from the dev team: Now is the time.

    Our goal in this release was to leave our toughest competitor in the dust. The competitor I’m talking about is the “Print” button; you know, the one you use to print out paper directions from MapQuest.com, only later to realize you left them in the printer tray in your hurry to get out the door. Well, once you’ve tried the new My Places feature in conjunction with the new MapQuest4Mobile, my teammates and I hope you’ll agree: “Save” is the new “Print.” It’s faster, it’s easier, and it saves trees.

    Here’s how the enhanced My Places feature within MapQuest4Mobile works. If you haven’t already, create a free My Places account on MapQuest.com. Using the “Map” or “Directions” form, create a destination or route as you normally would, but instead of clicking “Print”, click the “Save” button instead. While your car is warming up or you’re sitting at a light, launch MapQuest4Mobile on your BlackBerry-signing into your My Places account that you created on MapQuest.com. Next, scroll the top carousel over to the “My Places” icon and click the “Refresh” button. In seconds you’ll have a direct link to the directions or map you just saved back at your home on MapQuest.com.

    If you saved directions, they show up with the classic “little blue car” icon. If you saved a map–it has the familiar MapQuest “globe” icon, etc. When those icons are clicked, each displays almost anything you saved from the MapQuest.com site.

    Here’s my favorite way to use the enhanced My Places feature on MapQuest4Mobile. I made a map of Denver on MapQuest.com, selected the “Traffic” option, then saved it to my “My Places” account with the name “Denver Traffic.” Now I can access that same map and have real-time traffic information on my BlackBerry even when I’m at the breakfast table. One click on the “Denver Traffic” link while I’m downing my second bowl of Lucky Charms and I can see just how late I’m going to be to the office!

    To see more information on the new MapQuest4Mobile with MyPlaces feature, click here.

    If you would like to access the free download link from your BlackBerry device, type m.mq4m.com in your mobile browser.

  10. Just in time for Spring Break planning, we have introduced a fantastic new feature to our popular MapQuest 4 Mobile application. Now you can view saved maps and routes stored within your MapQuest.com My Places account (formerly My MapQuest) on your BlackBerry Smartphone…right within our MapQuest 4 Mobile product.

    With Spring Break on the horizon, lets say you are taking the family to your favorite Colorado ski resort to ski and snowboard for the week. As it is your first time to this specific resort, you don’t exactly have a good idea where to eat, find your hotel and make the Gondola run by 9am.

    In planning for this trip, you’d probably plan out your directions for the various places you’re going on MapQuest.com and print them out to review on the way (assuming you don’t lose them along the way or leave them on the dresser at home!).

    While this scenario is the tried and true way MapQuest has helped people over the years, it relies heavily on the fact that you carry the printed directions with you at all points throughout the trip.

    Let’s rewind a bit and assume you have a BlackBerry Smartphone and have created a My Places account on MapQuest.com. Those maps and routes you created above? Well, instead of printing them, you saved them to your My Places account with all the details you need for eating, skiing, and sleeping during your vacation. Now, let’s also assume that you have downloaded the new MapQuest 4 Mobile application with the new My Places feature to your trusty BlackBerry. As you are the consummate planner, you fire-up your phone, launch the MapQuest 4 Mobile application and login to your My Places account to find the maps you saved earlier—right where they should be!

    mq4m my places

    With your trusty maps and locations always in your hand, you scurry-off to your snow filled destination ready for such questions as, “Where is the restaurant from our hotel?”, “How do we get from our hotel to the gondola?” And should you find something new along the way, you can easily save that location to a map within the MapQuest 4 Mobile application— ready for next year’s return visit!

    To download the MapQuest 4 Mobile application, visit m.mq4m on your BlackBerry today! Or for more information go to www.mapquest.com/mq4m. Don’t have a My Places account on MapQuest.com? Click here to sign-up and start saving your maps and routes for your next big (or small) trip.