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The New Garmin GPS Android Phone

by 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.
Garmin is teaming up with the computer maker Asus to create what they are dubbing the Android-powered Nuvifone A50.

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