Nexus S

Google’s new phone, Nexus S from Samsung was officially announced today. It comes with the latest Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread which now includes NFC (near field communications) features.

Needless to say Nexus S comes with A-GPS and various other specs that add to the location awareness of this phone. These include the three axis gyroscope sensor, accelerometer, and the digital compass.

Google Maps looks really sharp on the new Nexus S. You can dive straight into “Places” from the map, view ratings, or see if the place you’re looking at is recommended by a friend. You of course get the Street View, free turn by turn GPS navigation, live traffic updates, satellite imagery, and locations of your friends on the map via Google Latitude.

With Google navigation you can enter a destination just by saying its name, get traffic conditions on your way, get alternate routes, drive with satellite view, or search for places near you.
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Navigon MobileNavigator for Android

We had already talked about NAVIGON’s first MobileNavigator for the Android platform but today they announced their app for the US market with even more features.

The highlight of this release is of course the reality scanner that utilizes your phones camera, compass, and of course the GPS position to locate points of interests directly on the real time image provided by the camera.

MobileNavigator uses NAVTEQ maps to provide turn by turn voice guided directions, offers reality view for complex intersections along with lane assistant pro, offers speed assistant, and many more features.

MobileNavigator costs $60 but for the next two weeks it is discounted to $40 which also includes Live Traffic service.

Lumigon T1 does Android and A-GPS

Denmark’s Lumigon just announced an Android based smartphone with A-GPS capabilities. It is called the “T1“.

Just like most other Android phones Lumigon T1 has a touchscreen, bluetooth, 5MP digital camera, and FM capabilities. The screen measures 3.5” and has 480×800 pixel resolution.

The difference is in multimedia specs though: T1 has an HDMI dock, ICEpower amplifiers from Bang & Olufsen, and even an integrated remote control for various gadgets in your house.

It will be out at the end of 2010 but pricing is still unknown…

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TomTom and HTC go hand in hand for GPS navigation

TomTom and HTC just announced that they are combining forces to deliver a new GPS navigation and location solution on HTC smartphones. It will be called HTC Locations and will have TomTom’s maps preloaded so you won’t have to rely on OTA (over the air) maps to load. We already have seen Sprint Navigator and Bing Maps on board in HTC Arrive.

HTC Locations is already available on the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z in Europe and Asia but will be expand to rest of the universe in a short while.

Real news is Maps and location content will be preloaded with HTC Locations but you’ll have to pay for turn-by-turn navigation. Now if you live in the US or have unlimited data you’re probably saying “why bother when Google Maps are free?” but in some parts of the world data charges are expensive and relying on locally stored maps maybe the cheaper option.

T-Mobile myTouch specs

T-Mo’s new myTouch has been announced for a while but last time we talked about it we couldn’t go into much detail. Now we have this whole spec sheet above. You could read the whole thing of course but here are the highlights:

  • free turn by turn GPS navigation from Google Maps
  • 3.8″ touch screen
  • Android 2.2
  • HSPA+ (4G) network support, WiFi b/g/n
  • Adobe Flash support
  • HD camcorder, 5MP camera, front facing camera
  • 8GB microSD card
  • 3.5mm audio jack

CoPilot Live GPS navigation for your Android is only $5

ALK Technologies just recently announced CoPilot Live USA at $5 only for Android devices with maps of USA, offering voice guided turn by turn GPS navigation. For only $5 you get to store detailed street-level maps on your Android; meaning you don’t need an internet/data connection to wait for the maps to load. Other cool feature include predictive address matching, again pre-installed POIs, realistic street sign view with lane guidance.

If you happen to be in coverage area you’ll have to free access to real-time information such as local Internet Search and location-specific weather forecasts. However real-time traffic information service is only free for two weeks.

CoPilot Live USA is available for a one-time fee of $4.99 for unlimited use through Android Market and iTunes App Store. 12 months use of the ActiveTraffic real-time traffic service is available as an option for $9.99.

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Sharp IS03

Sharp has a new Android phone called Sharp IS03. What’s eye catching with this new device, other then having a GPS receiver is of course the 3.5″ retina display, similar to the one found on the iPhone 4. It’s got 640×960 pixel resolution and Advanced Super View (ASV) technology along with a 9.6MP HD camera.

It only runs Android 2.1 and there are rumors that it won’t make it to the Western hemisphere for a while so don’t get too excite just yet….

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T-Mobile myTouch

T-Mobile just announced a brand new Android 2.2 phone called T-Mobile myTouch. Don’t confuse this with their myTouch 3G for the new myTouch offers 4G speeds. They can’t officially call this 4G because of legal reasons but it does operate at 4G speeds, namely HSPA+ networks.

T-Mobile myTouch will have a 3.8″ WVGA touch screen, second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz MSM8255 processor, preinstalled 8 GB microSD memory card, and video chat capability thanks to the front facing camera, HD recording, and a 5MP camera.

Needless to say the new myTouch will have an A-GPS receiver and support all sorts of location aware apps.

T-Mobile G2 by HTC

Finally the successor for T-Mobile G1 is out. It is simply called T-Mobile G2 and is designed by HTC. It was just officially announced by T-Mobile and it will be available later this month. This is the first phone in the U.S. to support HSPA+ network, a version of 4G connectivity. T-Mobile claims their 4G network covers more than 100 million people in 55 major metropolitan areas.

Back to the phone. T-Mobile’s G2 has a 3.7″ screen, full slide out keyboard, 5MP camera with LED flash, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS of course, Adobe flash support, Android 2.2 OS, 1300mAh battery, and a 800Mhz processor.

Some other features include the ability to record HD videos, 8GB microSD card (supports upto 32GB), and 4GB internal memory.

It should cost the usual $200 with a 2 year contract.

Huawei announces cheap GPS Android phone

Chinese Huawei announced a new GPS enabled Android phone with the latest 2.2 OS. The big deal is that it is probably going to be the least expensive phone out there with this latest Android OS.

It does 3G connectivity with HSPDA and WiFi 802.11n, lets you share your internet connection with Wifi AP, has a proximity sensor, light sensor, G-sensor, voice search and dialing, GPS receiver for GPS navigation and Google Maps, 3.2MP digital camera, and a whole lot of savings for your wallet.

You can pick one of these up for about $150 starting this October.