But could this second attempt in the U.S. be the one that counts? T-Mobile USA has today announced that they will be the second operator in America to carry what amounts to a nuvifone, but make no mistake--there's no nuvi branding on this one. In fact, it will be called the Garminfone (looks a lot like the A50), and unlike the original nuvifone, this one will use a mobile OS that people have heard of: Android. What's interesting is that Android currently has the best mapping/routing software in the market with Google Maps Navigation, but this phone will have both that and Garmin's own nuvi mapping system. The more the merrier? Maybe.
Specs include a 3.5" touch-screen, 3G support, Garmin’s premium navigation experience, and Garmin's own Voice Studio, an Android app that allows customers to record and share custom voice directions from family and friends. Garminfone also includes a convenient charging window and dashboard mount, enabling customers to easily navigate and charge the phone’s battery simultaneously. No price is mentioned, but it will ship later this Spring, most likely for under $200 on contract.
Garminfone features Garmin’s industry-leading personal navigation experience integrated throughout the device including the following:
Garminfone also includes a convenient charging window and dashboard mount, enabling customers to easily navigate and charge the phone’s battery simultaneously.
In addition to the comprehensive navigational features, the Garminfone is built on the Android operating system offering a rich mobile Web experience with integrated Google™™, YouTube® and access to Android Market, where customers can find thousands of applications to further enhance their travel experience and their daily lives. The mobile Web browser experience includes enhanced functions including pinch and zoom capability and embedded location awareness, which links information found on the Web to navigation and mapping functions, allowing users to navigate directly to a location from a Web page. mobile services including Google Search by voice, Google Maps
The powerful mobile data experience Garminfone delivers is supported by fast data speeds via Wi-Fi and T-Mobile’s nationwide 3G network*. Garminfone also offers essential smartphone features such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft® Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar; social networking; instant messaging; an advanced music player; and a 3-megapixel autofocus camera.