The T-Mobile Garminfone is essentially a version of the Android Nuvifone that’s compatible with the North American carrier’s 3G AWS network. The phone has now been confirmed to launch on June 9th with a customize UI layer over Android 1.6 that focuses on mapping and location-based services (LBS). The device comes pre-loaded with Garmin’s mapping software and maps are stored locally on the device, which means a constant internet connection isn’t required. The device will cost $200 after a $50 rebate on a two-year contract with the carrier.
The US government will be investing $8 billion of money to upgrade the aging GPS system that is in use by over 1 billion GPS devices globally. The upgrades will happen over a decade and the government will be replacing the 24 satellites that provide location information. As a result, accuracy of positioning will increase and the margin of error will be reduced from 20 ft to 3 ft.
I was contacted by YouTube user LuiggiPR2002 and he wanted to remake and dub our Sprint HTC EVO 4G video into Spanish. For our Spanish speaking audience, you can hit up his channel or watch the video in Spanish embedded below.
A forum member over at Android Central was able to take the EVO 4G out for a spin and took a video of the phone next to the small webOS Palm Pre, also on Sprint. Next to the Palm Pre, the EVO 4G’s 4.3-inch capacitive multitouch display looks enormous.
Also, the above shot taken with the EVO 4G’s 8-megapixel camera, which also is capable of 720p HD video, looks pretty good.
(via: Android Central)
We stopped by the Sprint office in San Francisco, California on the way to Google I/O and got a demo of a release model of the device with some of its apps–some of which will be updated at or after launch, like the Qik app. Hardware-wise, is pretty much what we saw at CTIA. For those in the Bay Area, San Francisco will be joining Sprint’s 4G coverage, but unfortunately the 4G network isn’t live yet in SF when we got the demo, so we were browsing on Sprint’s 3G speeds, which is still quite good.
The HTC EVO 4G marries the best features from many [...]
Navigon, although not as well known in the United States, offers an excellent UI and navigation solution with maps stored locally on storage card, clear visual guidance, and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for many smartphone platforms. It is one of the best and most popular smartphone solutions for iPhone owners and now the company is running a promotion from the regular retail price for Windows Mobile users. If you’re an HTC HD2 or other Windows Mobile device in need of some guidance, you can order the Navigon solution between May 14 and June 11 for $49.99, down from the [...]
UK Android users can now join in on the navigation fun with Google officially sanctioning Google Maps with Navigation, a voice guided turn-by-turn GPS solution that first appeared on the Motorola Droid and later made its way down to Android 1.6 devices and later.
Google Maps with Navigation on Android allows users to search or input destination addresses or names with their voice. Users can hit the microphone or hold the search button on their Android 1.6 or later devices and say “Navigate to…” and Google will query the location.
The service is still in [...]
According to the Google Mobile Blog, Google is bringing additional features to Google Maps for Mobile for BlackBerry, bringing the effective revision number to 4.0. New in the version is support for voice search and Buzz. Voice search works by simply pressing and holding the green talk button. Additional features include:
-Use Labs to try experimental features like the Scale Bar or Terrain layer (great for hiking enthusiasts!).-See nearby businesses at an address or location by selecting a point from the map.-Report a problem with the map data or a business [...]
The iPhone already exploits WiFi and cellular triangulation for quick GPS locks as well as general, non-accurate location information through Skyhook Wireless, and it looks like Microsoft may be tapping Navizon for quick satellite acquisition times as well as for context-based search results on Windows Phone 7 Series. Though specifics of the partnership were not announced, TechCrunch is reporting that “Microsoft will use geo-positioning startup Navizon to power geolocation for mobile users. Navizon said today in a statementthat it had signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft [...]
The Motorola Droid took home three awards from the 2009 Engadget Awards, winning in the category of best gadget, best smartphone, and best GPS. The Droid is one of the first Android smartphone that was a hit with consumers, partly due to the huge marketing campaign with Verizon Wireless.
2009 was a busy year for smartphones with the release of the HTC Hero, the HTC Touch Pro2 and Diamond2, the HTC HD2 internationally, the Droid, webOS-based Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. 2010 is already shaping up to be even more memorable as Windows Phone 7 Series devices may be rolling out by the end [...]
While the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M10 will be running on Windows Mobile 6.5.3, its cousin will be sporting Android. The Nuvifone A50 was previewed by Mobile Tech World and shown with multi-touch implementation on Android 1.6.
With Mobile World Congress just around the corner and the expectation for Microsoft to announce Windows Mobile 7, rumors are now circulating that the Redmond, Washington software maker may make previous generations of Windows Mobile–Windows Mobile 6.x–free for developing countries. The move may help Microsoft capture market share and also earn the loyalty of users hooked on Windows Mobile as one of their first OS platforms. By making Windows Mobile 6.x free in developing countries, Microsoft could still capitalize on the newer Windows Mobile 7 and hardware partners could [...]
Google Maps for Android has just reached version 4.0, and with it comes Google Buzz.
What is Buzz? Buzz extends the functionilty of “Latitude” (which allows you to share your location with friends, and their location with you). Imagine a location-aware Twitter-like layer overlaid on the Map which allows you to see the locations of everybody using Buzz, thier location-aware messages, and an attached photo (optional). Additionally, you can reply to other people’s Buzz messages.
To download Google Maps 4.0, visit: m.google.com/maps from [...]
Google Maps for Windows Mobile has just reached version 4.0, and with it comes Google Buzz. While Google Maps already has “Latitude” which will allow you to see and share your location with friends, the Buzz layer allows you to see the locations of everybody using Buzz along with thier location-aware little messages. You can also make comments on other people’s Buzz messages.
To download Google Maps 4.0, visit: m.google.com/maps
CoPilot is adding several new features to its Windows Mobile and Android GPS turn-by-turn navigation software, including local search and traffic and fuel price, the latter two are premium features available at an added cost. Local search will allow users to search the internet for local points of interests (POIs) and should offer more POIs than what is built into the app. Traffic and fuel search are premium add-ons. Traffic will allow the app to re-route you based on traffic conditions and fuel prices will check local gas stations, based on your GPS location, for the cheapest fuel [...]
The largest phone maker in the world has announced Thursday that it has made available its Ovi Maps–Nokia’s turn-by-turn GPS navigation solution–free for the company’s smartphones. In a bid to try and capture some of the US market–which has thus far been dominated by RIM and newcomer Apple–Nokia’s move can be seen as competitive with Google, which has offered free turn-by-turn GPS navigation on Google Maps with Navigation on select Android devices for the US market. Nokia is responding by saying its Ovi Maps service will be in over seventy [...]
While not a lot has changed between the Sprint Palm Pre and the Sprint Palm Pixi on the outside, Palm made some incremental upgrades that give both devices a more polished look befitting of their “plus” moniker on Verizon Wireless; the devices were officially announced at CES earlier in the month.
In the video below, we’ll give you a quick unboxing and hardware tour of the Palm Pixi Plus and Palm Pre Plus, which will both be available on Verizon Wireless beginning January 25.
The Pre Plus is getting double the storage–up to 16 GB from 8 [...]
MobileNavigator has been one of the best GPS turn-by-turn, voice guidance software for the iPhone and now Navigon is bringing the software to Android and Windows Mobile in the US officially. The company has had its MobileNavigator GPS mapping software in other geographic areas, but this should be a welcomed addition for US users. The software will retail for $89, though it’s on sale for $69 now through Valentine’s Day for Windows Mobile; the Android edition is coming in Spring.
The software features Lane Assist, which tells you the lane you need to be in to make a [...]