Sony Ericsson A8i G3

We came across a new Sony Ericsson phone while browsing through FCC docs (Saturday fun!) called Sony Ericsson A8i G3. We’re thinking this is just another name for an Xperia we’ve seen before but it’s always nice to see new phones coming over to the U.S.

Anyways, this phone is capable of GPS navigation; providing you with turn by turn voice directions with a pre-installed software, 3D maps, all done OTA.

We’re not sure which service provider would have the A8i first available in the U.S. but it probably won’t be China Mobile.

Telmap does mapping and navigation for Windows Phone 7

Telmap recently announced mapping and navigation software for the brand new Windows Phone 7 OS. This release follows their other launches that went smoothly over iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Java platforms. The first party to use the new technology will be Singapore’s SingTel which will offer:

  • turn-by-turn navigation with 3D maps
  • voice and text instructions announcing street names
  • full Singapore and Malaysia maps
  • real-time traffic information
  • Cell-ID function that enables you to check your location and plan a route even when indoors

Seals VR7 has GPS and knows Morse code

UK’s Seals Technology just recently came out with an all-weather rugged phone with integrated GPS. It is called Seals VR7 and is IP-67 rated which means it is dust tight, and can withstand water immersion up to 1 meter depth.

The really interesting highlight with Seals VR7 is that it has a special optical signal for help function that can send GPS coordinates to a group of five other handsets if you’re in danger. It can even send Morse code!!!

Other features include electronic compass, flashlight, weather forecast tool, and extra loud speakers…

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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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Windows 7 phones don’t do GPS???

As you know Windows recently announced their new OS for mobile devices called Windows Phone 7 and announced a bunch of new smartphones from various manufacturers including HTC, Dell, LG, and Samsung.

Now we’d be really surprised if none of these devices come with some sort of GPS capability (standalone or A-GPS) but looking here or here (or here) or browsing bunch of blogs we never came across anyone talking about locations awareness of these phones. Can you get some Google Bing maps on these things?

The press conference does talk about getting direction with Bing and everything but we still don’t know if this can be done on all new phones.

Anyhow, the new phones are Dell Venue Pro, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Trophy, LG Optimus 7, LG Quantum/Optimus 7Q, Samsung Focus, and Samsung Omnia 7.

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.

new Nokia Ovi Maps with check-in and location sharing

Nokia is not leaving the arena for Google Maps. They keep coming out with nice features for Nokia Ovi Maps which is now release 3.06 but it is still in beta testing stage.

Some of the new features include some cosmetic changes, a new map layer for public transportation, a new places pages, ability to share your location via SMS or email, a check-in feature just like Facebook’s.

Also you’ve got the new drive assistant mode which automatically pulls up live traffic information, safety camera alerts, and speed limits.

Pick up the new Nokia Ovi Maps here.

Nokia E7

Nokia just announced an awesome smartphone called Nokia E7 which has an estimated retail price of EUR 495, excluding taxes and subsidies. It is targeting more of the business users with features like the full keyboard, Microsoft Communicator, ability to read directly off of USB sticks, security features, etc..

Here are the features:

  • 4″ glass touchscreen with featuring Nokia ClearBlack technology for improved outdoor visibility
  • full keyboard
  • 16GB built in storage + support for up to 32GB microSD card
  • 8MP camera, dual LED flash, 720p video recording
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G HSDPA
  • GPS, aGPS, and Wifi positioning
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Symbian^3 OS

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…

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