AutoNavi Produces China's Best-Selling iPhone Application in 2010

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

BEIJING, Jan. 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoNavi Holdings Limited ("AutoNavi" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:AMAP), a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, announced today that it produced the best-selling iPhone application ("app") in China in 2010 according to Apple's iTunes store. The Company's app beat out those from various industries including the education and gaming sectors to achieve the number one position.

AutoNavi's rank demonstrates its ability to develop a truly dynamic end-user navigation solution. The Company's iPhone app provides voice-guided navigation for China, including Hong Kong and Macau, and can be purchased through iTunes at a price of US$14.99 per download. The Company believes what differentiates AutoNavi's app from those of its competitors is the high quality of its functions—something iPhone users have come to expect. The app features advanced functions such as 3-D street view, high-definition viewing for both the iPhone 4 and the iPad, an in-depth-database that allows for online Points of Interest searches, and real-time traffic information for select cities in China.

AutoNavi's Chief Executive Officer Mr. Congwu Cheng stated, "We are proud of this achievement. Our number one rank reflects our commitment to develop the highest quality of products and our innate understanding of how to integrate these products into the everyday lives of end users. As our B2C platform continues to expand through the growth of our mobile applications, we will continue to carve out opportunities to build upon our growing end-user base."

About AutoNavi Holdings Limited

AutoNavi Holdings Limited (Nasdaq:AMAP) is a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China. At the core of its business is a comprehensive nationwide digital map database that covers approximately 2.8 million kilometers of roadway and over 12.5 million points of interest across China. Through its digital map database and proprietary technology platform, AutoNavi provides comprehensive, integrated navigation and location-based solutions optimized for the Chinese market and users, including automotive navigation solutions, public sector and enterprise applications, wireless location-based solutions and Internet location-based solutions. For more information on AutoNavi, please visit

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