The New Garmin GPS Android Phone
On June 21, 2010
So if a Garmin GPS and an Adroid Phone mated what would you get? This! This is pretty exciting news for T-Mobile since now they will finally have a popular and well-established GPS maker working exclusively with them. Also this is a momentous day for Android lovers since we all will finally have a major GPS solution for our phones. You may remember my earlier article about the CoPilot GPS Navigation system which I found very reliable and accurate. However, because it is a smaller company by comparison to Garmin many people who have problems cannot get proper support because the CoPilot support division is not as capable. There is also name-brand to consider. People trust Garmin because of it’s long history of providing concise and excellent service. This team-up with T-Mobile a very important move for Garmin since they had trouble earlier this year selling another non-Android phone with AT&T. To better soldify Garmin’s presence in the cell phone market they decided to step things up a bit with Android. Garmin is teaming up with the computer maker Asus to create what they are dubbing the Android-powered Nuvifone A50. “The Garminfone brings together two increasingly popular devices in one state-of-the-art package, delivering a rich, unique experience that no other smartphone or standalone navigation device can offer,” said George Harrison who is the vice president of marketing product innovation of T-Mobile USA. The new Garminfone (I didn’t come up with the name) features can be seen below courtesy of FierceWireless.com. Specs are soon to be announced:
- Integrated Navigation + Smartphone Experience: Garminfone delivers navigation capabilities beyond what other smartphones and standalone navigation devices provide. Customers can navigate to an address simply by clicking on it from a text message or e-mail, contact, calendar appointment, or web page. Garminfone can even remember where you are parked and navigate you back to your car. The 3-megapixel camera with autofocus automatically geotags images so you can navigate back to where your family vacation photos were taken, e-mail geo-tagged images to friends and family members, or post geo-tagged pictures on the Web for others to enjoy. Helpful Garmin travel applications such as dynamic, real-time traffic; weather local events; movie listings; and gas prices are pre-installed and easy to access and use.
- Garmin Navigation: Driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and on-screen directions and automatic re-routing are deeply integrated into the smartphone features of Garminfone to simplify navigating your daily life. On-board North American maps offer fast and reliable directions — whether in or out of cell phone coverage — and multiple overlapping positioning technologies ensure Garminfone customers have one of the best location and navigation experiences a smartphone can offer. In addition, Garminfone utilizes text-to-speech technology to speak street names, and the screen automatically switches between day and night modes for easier viewing while driving.
- Garmin Voice Studio: Garminfone is the first to feature Garmin Voice Studio, an Android application, which allows customers to record and share custom voice directions from family and friends.
- Accesories: Garminfone also includes a convenient charging window and dashboard mount, enabling customers to easily navigate and charge the phone’s battery simultaneously.