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UK iPhone owners flock to download Skobbler

UK iPhone owners flock to download Skobbler

iPhone owners in the UK have made Skobbler one of the most popular free apps, with the sat-nav service registering 72,000 downloads since launch.

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Skobbler was developed in Germany, but now its creator says that even the native audience has not been as receptive to its offerings as the UK crowd.

Skobbler has sat at the top of the free navigation charts in the App Store for some time and it also entered the top 10 overall free apps, although it never reached the number one spot.

The sales of standalone sat navs in the UK reached 266,000 in the first three months of the year and Skobbler's developer believes that its app will outstrip this figure if it continues to be downloaded at the current rate.

"It's early days [in the UK] and to have experienced such success in such a short amount of time is quite overwhelming and encouraging. It demonstrates again just how popular mobile phone navigation is becoming," said Skobbler founder Marcus Thielking.

Skobbler is largely unique amongst its peers because it relies on the wider community to update and maintain the mapping, following in the footsteps of open source projects such as Wikipedia.

The developer is currently updating Skobbler to run smoothly with the new iOS 4 platform and it is already showcasing its Android edition of the app in Germany, with an international launch planned in the near future.

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