TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 for Android Devices from Sprint

TeleNav just announced a new app for Android phones called GPS Navigator 7.1. This app has plenty of new features, one of which is the new home screen calledMy Dashboard. This gets you commute travel times instantly is customizable to your needs. Same thing goes for their brand new widgets which include a map of your current location, a search box, and again estimated commute times to your home and work.

It is going to be FREE on Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan.

Here are some other features:

  • Multi Route: Recommends up to three routes to your destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions
  • Favorite and Recent Destinations: Drive to your favorite and recent destinations more quickly and easily with one-touch access on My Dashboard
  • Daily Commute: Current drive times based on live traffic right on the home screen
  • Live Traffic: Traffic updates that automatically reroutes you around traffic jams or road congestion
  • Local Search: Search 22 million Places and get user-generated ratings and reviews
  • Gas Prices: Search up-to-date gas prices by location or by price
  • Voice Search: Keep your hands on the wheel with voice-activated commands
  • Local Weather: Get real-time weather and seven day forecasts for your current location
  • Voice Guidance: Driving directions spoken by a real human voice

Kyocera Zio M6000


Looking for a new Android powered device with GPS capabilities? There’s a lot out there. Kyocera Zio M6000 is yet another one. It was announced yesterday at CTIA Wireless 2010 trade show and it supports CDMA2000 1xEV-DO rev. A 3G band.

There’s nothing too spectacular about the specs, especially compared to Sprint HTC EVO 4G we mentioned yesterday but they’re still pretty decent.

You’ve got the 3.2MP camera, 512MB memory, digital compass, microSD card slot, A-GPS of course, 1130mAh battery, 3.5″ touch screen, 3.5mm audio jack, bluetooth, WiFi, and more… then why is this exciting? The price: It is going to sell for something around $200 – with no contracts. That’s the cheapest Android phone we’ve heard of so far. Thanks Kyocera.

HTC EVO from Sprint


Look at this beauty. This is world’s first 3G/4G handset from Sprint. It is made by HTC and it is called HTC EVO 4G. It is coming out this summer for an unannounced price. We’ll have to wait and see. This would also be world’s first Android phone supporting WiMAX (4G) connectivity.

We’ll mention a few other highlights such as the 4.3″ display, HDMI out, and the 8MP camera, and then will go more into detail for the long list of features:

  • Android 2.1
  • HTC Sense interface
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 1500mAh battery
  • WiFi/3G/4G/
  • 1.3MP for video conferencing
  • 8MP main digital camera
  • GPS navigation
  • stereo bluetooth wireless
  • microSD card slot
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • proximity and motion sensor
  • digital compass
  • kickstand
  • 4.3″ display (WVGA capacitive touchscreen)

Read more about it at Sprint’s press release page.

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Nexus One on Sprint


Sprint just recently announced that Google’s Nexus One would be coming to Sprint but they did not say when or for how much. Sprint claims they have a 3G network coverage 10 times the size of T-Mobile’s and twice as much as AT&T’s.

The phone will not be sold at any Sprint stores, only online from Google at google.com/phone.
Google’s online consumer channel was created to provide an efficient way to connect online users with selected Android phones. Nexus One will not be available in any Sprint retail channels. It will be available directly from Google at google.com/phone.

Sprint currently has the “Everything Data 450 with Any Mobile, Anytime” which gets you unlimited calling with any mobile phone in America, unlimited text and unlimited Web for $70/month which is a really good deal – provided you don’t call land lines that often.

Here are some hardware specs of the Nexus One:

  • 3.7″ AMOLED 480×800 WVGA display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset
  • 5MP auto focus with flash and geo tagging
  • 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM
  • 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB)
  • Dynamic noise suppression
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery

Sprint Mobile Hotspot does 4G and GPS


Sprint just introduced this sexy looking mobile hotspot called Overdrive. It can bring 3G and 4G goodness to your surrounding as WiFi signal so you can connect many devices including multiple laptops, smartphones, even WiFi enabled cameras. What’s good about this device is that takes a very recent technology such as 4G broadband speeds and makes it available for your ancient WiFi only devices.

The device is actually made by Sierra Wireless and called W801. It has a little LCD screen that makes it is very easy to see what’s going on with the signal, battery level, people connected, etc. It also does GPS data available when on 3G networks but we’re not sure how the connected devices would reach this data (COM4?). It also can take microSD cards where the contents can be seen with any device on your private WiFi hotspot which can range up to 150ft.

How much? $150 ($100 after rebate). How much does monthly mobile broadband cost at Sprint? It starts at $60. But that has a lame 5G cap.

Sprint is the first in the nation to offer 4G in the U.S. covering only select cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio, Seattle, Abilene, Austin, Bellingham, Boise, Charlotte, Corpus Christi, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Honolulu, Killeen/Temple Lubbock, Maui, Midland/Odessa, Milledgeville, Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Salem, Waco, Wichita Falls)

hack OnStar GPS


You’ve got OnStar enabled GM vehicle and don’t use it? How about we told you that you could hack into to GM’s controller area network – which they call GMLAN – and make use of the GPS data?

Yeah we know – a simple USB GPS receiver is cheap and is easy to use; but who wants to do that when you can pull your car apart and access what’s already yours? See this as a way you sticking it to the man!

sprintf(nmea,”%u,N,%03u%02u.”,latminsint,longdeg,longminchar);
printf(“%s”,nmea);
for(k=0;k<8;k++)
{
checksum = checksum ^ nmea[k];
} //end for

If any part of this makes any sense to you follow this link to hackaday and get started!

Sprint shares GPS data with law enforcement

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News came out on wired.com just recently about Sprint sharing customer locations with law enforcement. Before you worry and throw your Pre in the ocean here are the situations where Sprint may ‘ping’ your phone for GPS data:

  • under the authority of a court order
  • you’ve made a 911 call
  • an emergency situation (such as tracking someone lost in the wilderness or trying to locate an abducted child or hostage)
  • with your consent

Apparently Sprint shared 8 millions GPS pings with law agencies but a ping is every 3 minutes for 60 days (if a court ordered it) so that 8 million figure maybe misleading. What’s worrying is that Sprint has setup a web portal for such court orders where officials can enter a phone number to be pinged. We wonder how safe that portal is? Hmmmm.

Samsung Moment on Sprint

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Oh yes. It is another Android phone on a new carrier. Sprint is getting Android powered Samsung Moment starting November 1st.

Samsung Moment will cost $180 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. Some of the features of Samsung Moment include:

  • GPS navigation
  • accelerometer
  • full qwerty keyboard
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 3.2-inch AMOLED touch-screen
  • 3G network EVDO Rev. A
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3.2-megapixel camera with flash and camcorder with auto-focus
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB
  • Media player with 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
  • Visual voice mail

And special to Sprint only – you don’t pay an extra dime for door to door GPS navigation.

gps vehicle tracking

gps-vehicle-trackingWe get a lot of questions about live GPS vehicle tracking so we thought we’d write a few things about it. Let’s say you want to keep track of your vehicle, multiple vehicles for your business, or even a whole fleet of cars, boats, containers, etc… You’ve probably heard of GPS tracking and probably wondering how it works.

basics

First let’s cover some basics. GPS vehicle tracking is primarily made up of two parts: 1) GPS data gathered from satellites to figure out the location of the vehicle and 2) sending this data back to you whether it may be an online map, email, text message, etc. These two together can also be referred to as “live GPS tracking” because as your vehicle (or boat, child, etc) moves you’ll get updates in real time.

gps data loggers

There’s also another tracking method where you only have part one. Location data from satellites is gathered, and then stored on device for later retrieval. This could also be called GPS data logging, or offline tracking. Once your vehicle is back in the garage you can easily figure out where it has been by downloading the data to your computer. This method is a lot cheaper – but won’t help if your car is stolen.

live GPS tracking

We’ll focus on live GPS tracking today. So how does a GPS vehicle tracking device figure out its location? It’s pretty simple. There’s a GPS receiver inside – which listens to GPS satellites, and calculates your position based on the information it gathers. Most GPS receivers can track tens of satellites at once but to get a position fix it only needs three. Provided the sky is clear, you’re not in a canyon, or there aren’t really tall buildings around – this should take less than a minute. If not – you’ll probably still get a position fix but it may take longer. There’s also something called A-GPS (assisted GPS) which can improve fix times greatly. However this technology relies on a network provider where the GPS receiver gets some clues as where the satellites are from the cell towers. A-GPS can even help your devicer get a position fix indoors, if it is sensitive enough.

calling back home

So lets say our GPS vehicle tracking device knows where it is. How are you going to get this information so you can track it down – say from the comfort of your office sitting in front of your computer? Somehow the GPS vehicle tracking system needs to transmit this information to a server where you can access it. This is the part where things may be a little more complicated – and this is the part that costs you money usually in the form of a monthly fee. Most tracking system rely on good old cellular networks or their partners (such as AT&T, Sprint, etc) and transmit over GPRS – which is the data portion of a GSM network.

network coverage

The problem with this is that there areas where no networks can reach you. Yes, the GPS receiver may know where it is since the whole earth has a pretty decent GPS satellite coverage (provided with more than 20 satellites) but your network provider may have no towers around. In which case you’d be out of luck.

Depending on your situation you probably want to know pick the right solution provider. If you’re looking for a GPS vehicle tracking system for your fleet of trucks that drive from Mexico to Canada lets say – you probably want more of an industrial solution. There are companies out there who provide these services and they are usually known as M2M (machine to machine) communication networks. If you’re trying to keep an eye on your teenager in a metropolitan area though – then most providers will work. You probably want to make sure the device supports A-GPS so if your kid pulls into a garage you can still pin point him/her down.

battery life

Another area when you’re thinking about GPS vehicle tracking is battery life. Your best bet is to connect the tracking device to a power source such as the car battery if that’s on option. If not, then you want a device with a decent battery life that can last days without needing a charge – and make sure it has smart power options that saves battery – such as turn off the device when no movement is detected, warn user when battery is low, or just be conservative with battery in general.

Now as far as brands – there are so many names out there:

We haven’t reviewed any of these names but if you have please leave a comment below so other can benefit.

Palm Pixi

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Palm just announced the new Palm Pixi. Palm Pixi is a new smartphone that will use the new Web OS, currently popular on the Palm Pre. As you can see Pixi is a candybar style handset with a multi touch screen, removable 1150mAh battery, proximity sensor, 8GB of internal memory, 2.63″ display, 2MP digital camera with LED flash. Only thing missing here is WiFi. But you should be OK with Sprint’s great EVDO Rev. A high speed wireless network.

What did we forget to mention? GPS. Yes. Palm Pixi integrates a GPS receiver and with your Sprint plan you don’t have to pay extra for the GPS navigation software which powered by TeleNav.

A few other features include bluetooth, micro USB port, Qualcomm MSM7627 chipset, 3.5mm standard headset jack, accelerometer, and a light sensor to dim the display when appropriate.

Palm Pixi will be available in time for holiday season. The price is not yet announced.

We only shared on photo here but you can find an extensive gallery at slashgear. Or check out this video down here: