Nav4All shuts down

Just received a sad newsletter from Nav4All -- they are shutting down the business due to map data licensing issues with Navteq. Nav4All was a navigation software for mobile devices including Android. This is probably a good example of how an acquisition can influence the industry. Navteq was acquired by Nokia some time ago. Also this news can probably explain why Google ditched its map data provider Tele Atlas recently, even despite the fact that it signed a five years contract the year before. Tele Atlas was purchased by TomTom. Here is the letter itself: Dear Customers, It is with the deepest regret that we hereby notify you that the global navigation of Nav4All and the Tracking & Tracing will go offline in 3 days. The reason for the same is that the data licence agreement with Navteq (a 100% Nokia subsidiary) was not extended, in a totally unexpected manner. It is not possible to implement data from another supplier in our Nav4All systems within the short term. The Nav4All navigation system was developed for Navteq data. Nav4All has therefore been constrained to stop. We greatly regret the fact that we have to suspend the operation of our service. With your help, we have developed Nav4All into a global product with 27.5 million users in 56 languages, in 5 years. This has made Nav4All the largest navigation supplier. This large number of users also has to do with the fact that Nav4All works on hundreds of different mobile telephones of many makes such as Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Android, HTC, Nokia, LG, Iphone, Ipod etc. After 5 years of testing and market development, we witnessed rapid - in fact, exponential - growth during the last two years. That growth was reported in the licence reports to Navteq. In mid-December 2009, the global coverage was extended to include the Philippines, Morocco and Kenya. Please contact the Nav4All support desk in case you have any questions: If there is any further information from Nav4All concerning the subject of this letter, the same will be published on our website: For reasons of privacy, Nav4All does not have the email addresses of all its customers, and we therefore request you to forward this email to the maximum extent possible, in order to ensure that everyone is informed. Kind Regards, Hennie J.M. Groot Koerkamp (CEO) Nav4All BV Keizersgracht 62-64 1015 CS Amsterdam NL

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