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We hate to admit it, but we're having a hard time remembering the last time Garmin spat out a new range of navigators, but it's not surprising. While these things were once hot commodities in the consumer realm, many drivers have reverted to using in-dash GPS systems or their smartphone to get from Point A to Point B. Nevertheless, there's still lingering demand from folks who'd like to upgrade their standard, standalone GPS unit, and that's what the 2012 line of nüvis are about. This new range contains advanced Guidance 2.0 and 3.0 navigation engines for a faster, more intuitive user interface and enhanced features that result in Garmin’s most capable navigators yet.  The nüvi... Read more...
The mapping/navigation situation on iOS isn't exactly in the best of shape. The Maps app on iPhone doesn't provide turn by turn navigation, so users have to turn to a third-party service to do so, whic is hardly elegant. Now, Garmin -- one of the first companies to announce turn by turn supoprt on iOS -- has just announced the StreetPilot onboard navigation app for iPhone, which provides onboard mapping and routing. That means a hefty download, but the maps are local, so users can navigate without having to constantly ping a 3G tower. Garmin StreetPilot Onboard puts the vast preloaded database and intuitive interface of a Garmin nüvi into the iPhones consumers use everyday – without... Read more...
Is the GPS world big enough for both Garmin and Navigon? Apparently not. It's official: Garmin has just completed their historical acquisition of Navigon, bringing together two of the biggest names in satnav history. Cliff Pemble, chairman and COO of Garmin, had this to say: "We are pleased to have the Navigon team join the Garmin family. We are looking forward to expanding our ability to serve our collective customers going forward." The other half, Egon Minar, Navigon’s board member, had this to say: "We are excited to be a part of Garmin and we look forward to turning our efforts toward integration and the opportunities ahead. Navigon has an innovative new product lineup that we’re... Read more...
This world just isn't big enough for the both of 'em. At least that's the impression we get, as Garmin has just announced the signing of a deal that will have them acquiring yet another navigation mainstay, Navigon. Actually, it's a subsidiary of Garmin that will do the acquiring, but it's still major news in the soft navigation market. Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO, obviously only had positive things to say about this whole ordeal: "This acquisition is a great complement to Garmin’s existing automotive and mobile business.  Navigon has invested significantly in the European automotive OEM business, and we feel that we can rapidly expand our automotive OEM footprint... Read more...
GPS systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, and we've got GPS-enabled smartphones to thank for that. But for the folks who venture into the great outdoors, there's still a very real need for dedicated outdoor navigation systems where cellphone signals simply don't exist. Garmin's a big player in both markets, and this week they're introducing a redesigned and upgraded eTrex handheld GPS. This entry level option has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color screen with expanded mapping capabilities. The new eTrex series supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit... Read more...
Going somewhere? Going somewhere where you'll need a rugged navigation system to get you there? Garmin's new Montana handheld offers just that, and the company's calling it the most advanced of its kind. It offers a rugged exterior, with multiple mounting and battery options, dual-orientation and screen layout options and support for a wide range of Garmin cartography. It has a barometric altimeter for elevation profiling and ability to profile the route ahead using included worldwide elevation model, and the included 3-axis compass gives it a heading while standing still or not held level. There's a 4" touch panel, a 5MP camera, sunlight-readable display, and tons of extra features that are... Read more...
What happens when Garmin, a company traditionally associated with GPS units, tackles a watch? A GPS watch pops out! The company has actually produced a few GPS-enabled wristwatches in the past, but only this week have they introduced one with a touchscreen face. The new Forerunner 610 sports watch is the company's latest, and it's both weather-proof and rather sleek given the technology that's inside. It's designed to be worn by athletes or active consumers who need something sweat-proof and capable of dishing out directions, and there's also a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available... Read more...
Have you ever heard of "caching?" You probably have, but you may assume we're simply talking about the caching of files, or perhaps an L2 cache on a CPU. But when speaking about GPS units and outdoor activities, caching refers to something else: a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. And now, Garmin is stepping up to the challenge and inviting customers to join a new caching community. The company has just launched OpenCaching.com, a new online community makes it free and easy to create, find and share caches. As described by Garmin: "geocaching combines exploration, education, entertainment and recreation," and with this new site, members can talk about new routes they have created or discovered.... Read more...
Times are changing. It's an old adage, but it's true. Factory navigation systems in vehicles have been expensive and subpar for years now, with cheaper standalone navigation devices often being superior in nearly every way. But factory dash integration has its perks, and for years we have wondered why the two couldn't be combined. But as Garmin's popularity in standalone navigation devices has dwindled with the surge in smartphone navigation systems, that company as well as TomTom have been looking for ways to branch out. In fact, TomTom already landed a deal with Sony in order to provide navigational services in Xplod head unit devices, and now Garmin is sneaking into the automotive industry.... Read more...
Garmin may not be competing in the smartphone business much longer, but the company still has plenty of new products up its sleeve. Today, Garmin announced the Approach S1, the company's first golf GPS watch. The Approach S1 comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses. It can display information about distance to the front, back and middle of greens as well as measure shot distances. It's rugged and waterproof so you won't have to worry about destroying it on the course. The Approach S1 also has an alarm and automatic time and time zone detection. Garmin launches Approach S1, first golf GPS watch, with preloaded courses October 27, 2010 - Garmin has already put the most important information on... Read more...
After disappointing sales of its nuvifone, we reported back in September that Garmin was considering its options with its smartphone unit. Now, Reuters is reporting that Asus plans to end its mobile phone agreement with Garmin, thereby paving the way for Garmin to exit the smartphone business altogether. A company official for Asustek said more details will be available Tuesday. Although the smartphone market is enjoying huge growth, the Garmin Asus partnership hasn't delivered the volumes either company had hoped for. If you'll recall, the nuvifone was initially met with much anticipation and hype. However, that excitement dwindled as the smartphone faced one delay after another and other offerings... Read more...
Nearly everyone has heard of geotagging. That's when you embed GPS coordinates into an image or video in order to plot them on a map and recognize where a given image or video was taken. But geocaching is another matter. This is a lesser known "sport" where players can hide capsules and tag the whereabouts with geocaching data. Garmin calls it a high-tech hide 'n seek, and their new "Chirp" module enables even more players to join. The Chirp is described as a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching, but to use it, you'll need a certain one of Garmin's outdoor navigation units. They mention the Dakota and Oregon devices in particular, which can pair... Read more...
When you think about Garmin, you probably think about one major thing: GPS. Here's something you probably don't associate with Garmin: smartphones. But regardless, they're in both markets right now. The original nuvifone was announced with a huge amount of hype behind it, but it was delayed for around a year while the iPhone came out and stole the thunder of every other smartphone on the market. Since, Garmin has teamed up with Asus to create the Garmin-Asus partnership, but the phones that have shipped under that label have seen a lukewarm reception at best. The problem is pretty obvious: Garmin just doesn't have any credibility in the smartphone realm, and moreover, they're competing with flagship... Read more...
Garmin introduced new personal navigation devices designed to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. The nüvi 2200 and nüvi 2300 families feature multi-stop route planning, route previews, and nüRoute technology with trafficTrends and myTrends. In addition to these new models, the PND manufacturer also introduced the nüLink! 1695 which is designed to give users accurate, up-to-the-minute information via a number of connected features. The nüvi 2200 series features a 3.5-inch touchscreen. It includes Garmin's ecoRoute fuel-efficient navigation to help you conserve fuel. The models in this family can remember the destinations you travel to most frequently and will use... Read more...
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