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Garmin will quit smartphone business


Garmin will quit smartphone business.This is not certain yet, but we’re guessing it will be very soon. At an interview CFO Kevin Rauckman said they’d have to make some decisions about their smartphone business if they couldn’t turn it around within the next 6 months.

He acknowledged that GPS enabled smartphones were costing them business, up to 10 millions units per year thanks to Google Maps, Nokia’s Ovi Maps, both of which offer free GPS navigation… which got them in to smartphones in the first place.

Well at least they still dominate standalone GPS navigation market in the U.S… Read More …

Garmin-Asus Announces the A50 for Australia


Aussie’s can now find their way on their giant island thanks to Garmin. Garmin just officially announced Garmin-Asus A50 for Australia; partnering with Optus. A50 was already out in other places for a while now including USA, Taiwan, etc.

Feature set of Garmin-Asus A50 haven’t changed much. It still likes to geotag anything and everything, offers 3.5″ touch screen, 3MP auto focus camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, and a 1150mAh battery.

A50 is quite competitively priced in Australia. It costs $0 after a 2 year contract starting today and online starting August 2.

Knight Rider KITT voice guidance


After Yoda and Darth Vader we now have KITT providing driving directions for you – not for TomTom users though this time. It is for Garmin devices, namely the nuvi series and the Garminfone.

The voice pack from Navtones cost $10 and it can even call you by name; provided your name is one of the 700 provided. Other features of the voice pack include various random commentary from KITT along your route.

Of course you can also try to find one of these more integrated version of Knight Rider into your GPS navigation system from Mio.

garminfone coming to T-Mobile


We’ve talked about garminfone here before but it was just officially announced by T-Mobile with a release date of June 9th. T-Mobile Garminfone will cost $200 after a two year contract and a $50 mail in rebate. Specs for Garminfone haven’t changed: Integrated GPS, HSPA 3G, bluetooth, WiFi, Webkit browser, 3.5″ screen, 3MP camera, and 1150mAh are some of the highlights.

T-Mobile already has a mini site where you can sign up to get notified when it hit the stores.

garmin-asus A10


Not to be confused with garminfone or nuviphone M10 Garmin and Asus partnership just announced another Android powered phone called Garmin Asus A10.

Of course its focus is again on GPS navigation; however more so for pedestrians rather than drivers which probably means it’s probably not going to make it to the U.S. where driving almost always takes precedence. The press release actually says it will be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Garmin-Asus A10 features a 3.2″ touch screen, electronic compass and a 1500mAh battery. Depending on your location the A10 will contain preloaded maps so you won’t have to rely on a data connection for maps which can be non-existent or just too expensive to use. Of course Garmin-Asus A10 will also work in your vehicle too – thanks to the powered audio mount.

Some other features of A10 include WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus, and auto-geotag, built-in accelerometer for horizontal and landscape views.

garminfone from T-Mobile


We just talked about Garminfone that will be exclusively available from T-Mobile. The phone is not out yet but some people managed to get their hands on the device, and unboxed it while documenting every step.

What makes Garminfone special is that fact that you’ll have Garmin’s expertise in GPS navigation always with you. The interface is familiar, maps are preloaded, and you can navigate to a location stored in a picture.

Would you prefer a Garminfone over another Android phone with free Google navigation?

garminfone


T-Mobile just announced their latest Android powered handset from Garmin-Asus called garminfone. It is pretty much the U.S. version of nuvifone A50. Here is everything you need to know in one place:

  • possibly the best navigation experience on a smartphone
  • coming out Spring 2010 exclusive from T-Mobile
  • runs Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
  • 3.5″ 320 x 480, TFT capacitive HVGA touchscreen
  • 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
  • HSPA 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0
  • 3MP autofocus camera with digital zoom
  • comes with maps of North America, 6 million POIs
  • 4GB memory, microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • supports Microsoft Exchange e-mail
  • geotag photos, remember where you parked, navigate back to photo location
  • real time traffic, weather, local events, movies, gas prices
  • garmin voice studio to allow recording of custom voice directions
  • WebKit, 528.5+ browser