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January 2018 A-Z POI update for all our Cabbie's Mate Apps and devices is now RELEASED. Point check: Facebook HQ, Fitzrovia, Rathbone Square, Rathbone Place, W1T 1FB. All our SUBSCRIPTION Cabbie's Mate apps are using 2017-18 A-Z maps (winter-December 2017 edition).

Cabbie's Mate / Android App

This page was updated on 20th March 2016    -    (revised on 28th September 2017)

With the end of our Cabbie's Mate hardware, we have diverted our attention completely to the Cabbie’s Mate app. We aim to make it a more reliable and suitable alternative to our Cabbie's Mate device.

Non Subscription Cabbie’s Mate A-Z app
Non-Subscription Cabbie’s Mate A-Z app customers are able to use their Cabbie’s Mate app as long as they want without subscribing but please be aware and try not to update your phone operating system since this can cause the app not to work properly. We will do our best to provide free fixes where we can for 2-3 years before we discontinue our support and fixes. As long as you don’t update your Android operating system and don’t change your phone, you will be able to use your Cabbie’s Mate app as long as you wish.

Subscription Cabbie’s Mate A-Z app
As from July 2016 the Android Cabbie's Mate app has been a subscription based app. The standard subscription fee is £29.99 annually and customers will always have the latest maps available to them to download without paying any additional fee even if the map is updated a few months after they purchased the app. As long as customers are subscribed, they will always be able to download the very latest four A-Z maps (Super Scale, Greater London map, Main Road map and Great Britain Road Atlas). We will also update the POI's at the same time we provide the map update twice a year. Cabbie's Mate A-Z maps with 4 quarterly POI updates also available as a Premium subscription for £39.99 annually. POI updates are released in January, April, July and October. If customers choose not to renew their subscription at the end of the 12 months subscription period, the app will stop working.

Subscription automatically renews annually unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.

New navigation link function update for SUBSCRIPTION Cabbie’s Mate A-Z app customers
As of January 2017, Android Cabbie’s Mate App is linked to Google Navigation map, but all other new functions developed in the future will only be for iOS devices.

Switch Between A-Z and Google Maps Navigation (For subscription app only)
Voice commands with street names can be heard in both navigation and A-Z maps.

We have added an ‘N’ navigation button on the Cabbie’s Mate app tool bar, same as on 5” and 7” Cabbie’s Mate units. This means, when you search for a street, postcode or POI on A-Z, after the entry is found, you can tap on the ‘N’ button and your destination will be plotted on the Google Maps navigation map and the route will be calculated automatically from your current GPS position. It will be ready to navigate to this destination without re-entering the same address on the navigation map.

You will also be able to scroll the A-Z map, press and hold on any place with your finger and select it as a destination, after it is displayed on the A-Z map, you can then tap on the ‘N’ navigation button and it will plot your destination, calculate your route from your current GPS position on the Google Maps navigation map, ready to navigate. You may have 2 or 3 route options to choose from before navigating. When you wish to go back to A-Z map, just tap on home or opened apps button to go back. You can always switch between A-Z and Google maps if you are navigating.

We have also enabled the A to B function on A-Z to work on the Google maps too. Users can select a starting point from the A-Z search facility or by scrolling the map and selecting the starting point. Then select a destination again the same way for example Manor House to Gibson Square. Not only does it draw a cotton line on A-Z map without being there, but also by tapping on the ‘N’ button, it will plot this route on the Google Maps navigation map and create a route list for you to see.

A-Z - Google Maps navigation link will work on all Android phones but it will only work on tablets if the Google Maps is already working since this requires data or if you are at home with Wi-Fi. A-Z can be used on all Android phones and 3G/4G tablets as usual.

This app is developed for Taxi Drivers, Knowledge Boys and Girls. Although £29.99 a year may sound like a lot of money, please take into consideration, if you are a Cabbie you may be using this A-Z map app for at least 8-10 hours a day while working. It works out to 57 pence a week to have the latest A-Z maps and POI on your device which is not really a lot of money for what you are getting. Parts of our A-Z maps are customized for easier map reading and we will always have more up to date maps than others since we collect information from Cabbies, Knowledge Boys and Girls and submit them to Geographers' for amendments just before they provide the new maps to us.

Our company aim is to make the lives of Licenced Taxi Drivers, Knowledge Boys and Girls easier. The app, like our Cabbie's Mate device is a tool for the trade. Even in its new subscription form the app is a small fraction of the cost of our device. We are aware of the changing climate of the trade and we truly believe that this relatively small fee is no comparison to what this Cabbie’s Mate app ultimately provides the driver.

Many customers’ questions have been answered previously. Please click on the link below to learn more about our Android Cabbie’s Mate app. You may find it very useful and educational.
Cabbie's Mate Android App Troubleshooting Guide

You can view or purchase the Cabbie’s Mate app from the Google Play Store link below.
Cabbie's Mate App @ Play Store

Cabbie's Mate / Android App