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Although the Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 may have taken a little while to become available, the companies are not ignoring the fact that a new version of Windows Mobile is now available. Garmin-Asus recently announced that this all-in-one phone is now available with Windows Mobile 6.5. Thankfully, early adopters aren't left in the cold—they'll receive an update to bring them up to date with the latest OS. Windows Mobile 6.5 provides improvements such as large touch-optimized icons, mobile applications via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and the Microsoft My Phone service. The My Phone service offers features such as data migration, data auto-syncing, backup and restoration, and remote data wiping.... Read more...
Wow, talk about a rapid fall from grace. Of course, anyone with any understanding of the current GPS/smartphone landscape could see this coming from a mile away, but those who were duped into laying out $300 for Garmin-Asus' nüvifone G60 back on October 4th are probably kicking themselves right about now.Merely weeks after the hybrid GPS/phone landed at AT&T, Amazon now has the same device up for just $99 with a 2-year AT&T contract. That's $200 off a $300 phone. Again, wow. But the story here seeps deeper than just a huge discount on a brand new phone that the world has been waiting years for. The story goes on to Garmin's own stock price, which dipped significantly during trading hours... Read more...
Wow, this one has been a long, long, long time coming. The original nüvifone was originally introduced in early 2008, long before Android had a chance at fame and before the iPhone has risen to stardom in the way that it has. In short, the Garmin-developed smartphone looked to be a real competitor, and the proprietary navigating software was its differentiating factor. Here it is, in the latter half of 2009, and Americans are still waiting on what has become the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60. After an incredibly long and painful wait, those who were interested in such a phone--and held off all this while--will be able to indulge on October 4th. Starting Sunday, prospective AT&T customers (and... Read more...
We've had our suspicions for awhile now, but now it looks like the research is confirming it. The dedicated navigation device has seen its peak, and it's days at the top are numbered. We knew that the standalone PND could be going the way of the Dodo when navigation applications began to pop up on some of the world's most popular smartphones. Sprint's Instinct was one of the first to really showcase NAV on a phone, and now that TomTom--a market leader--has caved to the pressure and issued an iPhone app, the end really is in sight. Of course, just because it's in sight doesn't mean that it's awfully close. It'll take years, maybe a decade even, before the dedicated navigation device sees the majority... Read more...
Garmin isn't unleashing a new fleet of navigators over at IFA, but the company is still introducing one new guy that'll undoubtedly garner its fair share of attention. The nüvi 1690 doesn't look all that different than any of the company's other PNDs, but as they say about relationships, it's what is inside that counts. This device is the first that enables users to tap into Garmin's own nüLink! service, which gives owners direct links to certain online information like Google local search, traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status, local events, white page telephone listings and Ciao!, Garmin’s exclusive location-based social networking system that connects multiple networks... Read more...
Own a personal navigation device? Use the GPS on your phone? If you're reading this now, the answer is probably "yes." If you're an avid navigation user, you probably understand the benefits quite well. Rather than having to write down directions to facilities, you simply find the address, plug it in and follow the kind lady on the other end. But have you ever wondered just how much time you save each year by following the GPS? According to a new research study from NAVTEQ, the company responsible for the maps found on a whole slew of GPS devices, the average user can save around four days per year by using a navigation unit. Four days! The study focused on time savings based on the impact that... Read more...
After many delays, Garmin-Asus finally started shipping the nüvifone to Asian markets in late July, though some locations won’t get the phone until this month. Now, we’re hearing an update that the nüvifone is on track to launch in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. During a conference call with analysts, Garmin confirmed that its nüvifone (originally due in the third quarter of 2008) is in final testing with U.S. carriers. Garmin would not reveal the carriers that are testing the product. nüvifone G60 (Linux-powered) Garmin expects the nüvifone to contribute $100 million to $200 million in revenues this year. While reporting its second-quarter earnings, Garmin told analysts it expects sales of... Read more...
iPhone and iPod Touch users will soon be able to download Pilot My-Cast by Garmin, a cell phone application that provides aviation weather data, flight planning, and flight filing services to U.S. and Canadian based subscribers. Pilot My-Cast is unique in that it receives aviation data directly from the National Weather Service, Environment Canada, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Because the data comes from these prominent sources, pilots can be confident the data is up-to-date and accurate. The main feature of Pilot My-Cast is its robust aviation weather offerings which include NEXRAD Radar, METARs and TAFs displayed in text and graphic formats, panable weather maps, infrared and visible... Read more...
While Garmin's definitely most famous for its nuvi line of in-car navigation devices, the company has lately begun to branch out somewhat. It makes sense, really--with so many factory cars arriving with NAV built in, Garmin better start looking elsewhere for a steady stream of revenue. To that end, the company is teaming up with automotive powerhouse BMW in order to debut the Motorrad Navigator IV.The motorcycle-friendly GPS navigator is based around Garmin's own zumo 660, and it's said to take the best of Garmin’s navigation technology and add exclusive, BMW specific features such as a customized mount, preloaded BMW dealer database, unique audio and Bluetooth handling capabilities, and more.... Read more...
Garmin has been steadily expanding its Nuvi GPS lineup for quite some time, but the company's latest introductions are more for the outdoors crowd. The Dakota 10 and Dakota 20 handheld GPS navigators each include a high sensitivity GPS receiver, worldwide basemap and color touchscreen display. Both are completely waterproof and up to 20 hours of battery life. 20 hours! In theory, anyway, the GPS systems could be used as one's main system, but these are tailored for use in hiking and trekking scenarios. The rugged nature ensures that they can withstand the elements, and the extra-long battery life keeps 'em humming even after long stints on the trails. The high sensitivity receiver ensures that... Read more...
Garmin plans to start selling its oft-delayed nuvifone in Asia in late June or early July, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Pemble told shareholders at the company’s recent annual meeting. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Pemble said a release date for North America and Europe is still on hold. In response to a question from an investor, Pemble did say, “We believe we're getting very close.” As you may recall, the nuvifone is a touch-screen smartphone that includes features from Garmin’s line of GPS devices such as turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic warnings, and a search engine to help you find nearby points of interest. Garmin-Asus G60 The nuvifone has been shown in two models—the Linux-based... Read more...
We’ve looked at rugged digital cameras, now let’s talk about rugged GPS. Garmin recently launched the Oregon 550 and Oregon 550t touchscreen handheld GPS devices. These GPS handhelds combine a 3.2 megapixel digital camera with a 3-axis compass and a 3-inch sunlight readable touchscreen display. What’s more, these GPS handhelds are waterproof. As you might expect from a GPS device with a built-in camera, the Oregon 550 can automatically geotag photos with the location of where it was taken making it easy to mark, remember, and navigate back to a specific spot in the future. The handheld offers 850MB of internal memory to store your photos.  For memory expansion, the Oregon 550 has a microSD... Read more...
Garmin and ASUSTeK announced a partnership that will combine the companies’ navigation and mobile phone expertise to create co-branded location-centric mobile phones. We’ve heard about the nüvifone before, but this is the first comment we’ve heard about an official Garmin and ASUS partnership on the device. According to the announcement, Garmin and ASUS have been working together for over a year on the basis of an ODM relationship to create the initial nüvifone that was announced in 2008. From this experience, the companies concluded that they would be best off by leveraging and combining their expertise at a higher level. Through this partnership, the companies hope that the product line will... Read more...
Like many companies, Garmin is taking advantage of the audience at CES and is announcing new products. This year, Garmin came to CES geared with three new GPS units. Here’s a quick look at each of them. First up, we have Garmin’s nüvi 885T. As one of Garmin’s high-end GPS routing devices, the nüvi 885T offers lane assist with junction view, MSN Direct content, and speech recognition. Lane assist with junction view details upcoming maneuvers and specific driving directions to give you a clear picture of the road ahead. MSN Direct can provide information on flight status, weather, traffic conditions, fuel prices, movie listings, local events, and much more. MSN Direct also gives you the ability... Read more...
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