Nokia 808 PureView does GPS

As you may have already heard Nokia unveiled the Nokia 808 PureView which comes with a 41MP camera and even does GPS. The 41MP camera does make the handset just a bit bulky and heavy but you can’t expect everything to be pencil thin.

The display on Nokia 808 Pureview is a 4″ AMOLED, and the glass is Corning’s Gorilla. It has a 1.3GHz processor, and a 512MB of RAM. One thing to keep in mind is 808 is not a Windows phone; it’s still Nokia’s home brew Symbian OS. As far storage you’ve 16GB, but the microSD slot can get you up to 48GB.

Some more on that 41MP camera on the PureView: The dimensions of the photo you’ll get will be 7152 by 5368 pixels. It has a Xenon flash and the optics are from Carl Zeiss. It features auto focus, 1.5″ sensor size, digital zoom, HD video shooting mode, face detection, and also geotagging.

Speaking of location do we need to mention that Nokia’s 808 has A-GPS and GPS capabilities.

Nokia 808 PureView comes with a LiIon 1400 mAh battery.

TomTom to power Samsung’s Wave 3 Bada Maps

TomTom made a deal with Samsung where TomTom maps will power Samsung Wave3. With this agreement Samsung Wave 3 Bada gets:

  • Map coverage for 200+ countries which equals to 35 million kilometers roads
  • Points of interests on these maps
  • 3D City Maps and 3D Landmarks
  • Traffic updates
  • Speed Cameras alerts

Samsung Mango uses GLONASS to improve positioning accuracy

Just yesterday we were talking about Qualcomm’s ‘dual satellite’ receivers that worked both with GPS and GLONASS satellites. Today we hear that Samsung now has an High Fidelity Position app which improves satellite positioning on Windows Mango devices. One of the things this app does is to give the user the option to “Use Sensor Aiding” which will use data coming from the gyro sensor and the electronic compass. The second thing is the option to turn on GLONASS capability in which case it will start listening for Russian satellites for a position fix.

I guess you don’t have to wait until next year to get your hands on some GLONASS power.

CSR provides GPS chip for Samsung Galaxy S II

CSR just announced that their SiRFstarIV GPS receiver chip is providing location capabilities for Samsung’s latest Galaxy S II smartphone. What’s most interesting with CSR’s technology in this architecture is that the designer anticipated that the receiver would be operating very close to other smartphones and various other devices emitting radio frequency. So SiRFstarIV includes CSR’s jammer removal technology that detects, tracks and blocks up to 8 separate sources of interference in the GPS frequency band that could inhibit GPS signals.

Some of the other features of SiRFstarIV GSD4t - which is the model used in Galaxy S II includes -160 dBm tracking sensitivity, 8 mW in 1-Hz TricklePower mode,
cost effective 42 ball, 0.4 mm design that occupies less than 20 square millimeters and more.

Nokia X7

Nokia today announced Nokia X7 - a very stylish gaming phone that comes with Ovi Maps for GPS navigation. It has a 4″ AMOLED display with 640×360 resolution, has an orientation sensor, proximity sensor, and even an ambient light sensor. It has an 8MP camera, dual LED flash, dedicated graphics processor with OpenGL 2.0 for gaming. It even has radio.

As far as navigation you’ve got the integrated GPS and A-GPS receivers, Ovi Maps with car and pedestrian navigation, ability to position using WiFi networks, and access to Nokia Ovi Suite for latest country maps - all for free.

Nokia Astound

Nokia C7 will be known as Nokia Astound on T-Mobile! Nokia Astound will be available on the network starting on April 6 and will only cost $80 after a two year contract. The device is a Symbian and has a 3.5″ amoled display with 640×360 resolution. It can capture 720p HD video and as far as stills you can go up to 8MP.

The Nokia Astound supports five bands on HSPA, and quad band GSM, has 1200mAh battery, WiFi, microSD card slot, bluetooth, and even a GPU. But what we care about the most is of course the GPS navigation experience. Nokia has come a long way at this:

Equipped with the latest commercial version of Ovi Maps1, the Nokia Astound provides free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in almost 100 countries in 46 languages. The Nokia Astound comes pre-loaded with automotive grade maps for the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean2. With more than 8,000 3D landmarks and free premium content like Lonely Planet guides and TripAdvisor, consumers can explore new places and experiences along the way. New features include improved search engines and WiFi positioning, a drive assistance mode for real-time traffic updates, maps of public transit lines, and the ability to check in to places and share great moments with friends on Facebook, Twitter and many local social networks.

Spot Connect Satellite Communicator with GPS for smartphones

Spot LLC continues to make satellite emergency systems available to more people. Their latest is called SPOT Connect which turns smartphones into a one-way satellite communicator that can send messages with GPS position to personal contacts, social networks or to summon help in emergencies from remote areas beyond cellular coverage.

SPOT Connect syncs via Bluetooth with Androids phones and uses the GPS to determine location and the Globalstar satellite network to transmit that information to personal contacts or an international emergency response center. This works when there’s no cellular coverage allowing you to send 41 character messages as text to your friends, family, or even update social networks. It also has a SOS button for standalone emergency operation, waterproof to IPX7 standard, and only weigts 3.7 ounces.

SPOT Connect will go for $170 and there’s of course a required annual subscription service starting at $100/year. Coverage is definitely better than T-Mobile but still it is completely global. The satellite messaging is available including continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia Northern and Central Africa, portions of South America and North-Eastern Asia and hundreds or thousands of miles offshore of these areas.

Sony Ericsson S006 coming to the U.S.

Sony Ericsson is bringing their latest Cyber-Shot S006 to the U.S. pretty soon as it has now appeared on FCC listings (just today). This is a smart camera phone that packs a whopping 16MP camera (as if that really means anything with a crappy lens with no optical zoom) with up to ISO 12800.

Some other hardware features include 3.3″ screen, slide-down keyboard, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 700MB of internal memory, FM radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and Naivadget’s favorite GPS.

The bad news is it’s not an Android phone [FCC]

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.
Check out these two videos:

smartphones killing GPS navigation market

I guess we really should’ve said “GPS enabled smartphones are taking considerable market share from standalone GPS navigation makers” but a sensational title is always more fun. But either way future is not looking great for GPS navigation manufacturers. According to a study done by a Swedish research company (Berg Insight) standalone GPS navigation systems are bound to become obsolete as their functions are now part of most smartphones or just embedded into vehicles’ dashboard. Take for example these latest smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire Z, G2 Touch and many others you can find which are as capable as any other standalone systems.

Now that Nokia and Google are giving the technology away for free, GPS navigation makers will have to come up with ways to make their products standout or offer functionality that is not covered by smartphones. We can already see some change as Garmin and TomTom now offer real time traffic information, and working with vehicle manufacturers to embed their technology into vehicles at the factory.

… the number of personal navigation devices shipped globally will peak in 2011 at 42 million, up from 40 million this year, before beginning a gradual, but inexorable decline…

However CEO’s from navigation makers are still hopeful arguing that people are still willing to pay extra for high end specialized devices. I guess Garmin is in the best position here as they’ve already branched into other markets bringing in 1/3 of their sales from marine, aerial, and fitness related GPS devices.