Garmin Mobile - New Features: Weather, Traffic and Gas Prices

Garmin upped the ante today on the mobile phone as a navigation device, with features you can’t find just anywhere. Garmin announced it is providing new dynamic content -- fuel prices, weather conditions and forecasts, and traffic information -- on all mobile phones equipped with Garmin Mobile -- a subscription-based, application delivering maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation on mobile phones. This new real-time content will be available at no additional fee to Garmin Mobile users beginning in July. Garmin Mobile is currently available on select Sprint and Nextel mobile phones.

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July 7, 2006

Review: Garmin Quest 2 GPS Review


Garmin announced the launch of the Garmin Quest 2 GPS receiver for North America last summer and a new review of this GPS is up talking over the pros and cons of this navigation device. It's portable and versatile enough to go in your automobile, on foot and into wet locations due to its water resistant design (i.e. on your Motorcycle or on a hike). The Quest 2 is an upgrade from the older Garmin Quest, and is priced in the mid-tier of GPS navigation units. The Garmin Quest 2 has voice based directions that are routed through the 12V power adapter presumably due to the water resistance requirements on the unit, but the unit also runs on its internal battery when not connected to power.

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July 6, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review from TIME

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A short review has hit the net on the Garmin StreetPilot C550 - saying that it's the "Must have accessory for summer road trips." Not a bad assessment. We have the Garmin C550 in house right now for our own review, and I agree that it is very good. My review will be coming in a few weeks. For now, you can check out what Time magazine thought of the StreetPilot C550 in their review of the popular mid-tier GPS.

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July 5, 2006

Garmin readies the Garmin Mobile XT

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Update: See the New Garmin Mobile XT Announcement - Oct 4, 2007

News has come from the FCC website that Garmin has a new mobile product waiting in the wings, named the Garmin Mobile XT (at least for now). From the manual and descriptions, the unit appears to be a GPS receiver, and mount for your mobile that will allow some pretty sophisticated navigation, including multi-point destination programming. The unit would have the ball mount available for your phone. From the manual it appears to have the classic Garmin interface feel with a good feature set and a simple interface. No news on launch or availability.

Via MobileWhack

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July 3, 2006

Garmin and Traffic.com Team up on Garmin Mobile 20

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Traffic.com and Garmin team up on Garmin Mobile 20 to bring you up to the minute traffic data to your mobile phone. Traffic.com will provide Garmin Mobile 20 users with traffic data in 50 metro markets across the country. Traffic.com has a decent array of tools and data collection that make it a solid destination for you to learn more about how traffic will impact your commute of road trip, even if you don’t have Garmin’s Mobile 20 product.

"Real-time traffic information is leading the expansion of the consumer navigation services market and we are thrilled to announce Garmin -- a widely respected industry leader -- has chosen our traffic content exclusively to integrate into its GPS-based Mobile 20 device," said Robert N. Verratti, chief executive officer, Traffic.com, Inc. "By partnering with us and our unique mobile advertising network, Garmin will be able to provide our accurate, detailed traffic information as a free, standard feature."

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Garmin Pushes Off Mac Compatibility

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So Garmin is still going to support Macs and the Tiger operating system, just not this Spring….. the launch has been delayed until the end of the year. Earlier this year, we reported that the Training Center software that powers data collection and fitness training on models like the Garmin Forerunner 205 and Garmin Forerunner 305 would be Mac compatible by Spring ’06. Now Garmin is pushing that off until the end of the year. In the good news column though, Garmin did announce Mac compatibility with their MotionBased site in March.

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July 2, 2006

Review: Garmin TrailGuide GPS for Jeep Wrangler

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Last year Garmin announced their special edition Jeep Trail Guide specifically made for the demands of off-roading for the Jeep Wrangler line. Well the folks over at Off Road magazine seem to like the unit and like the idea of having a GPS with them full time. The unit mounts nicely in the new Wranglers, and fits into a docking station that integrates into the dash. When not in use the unit is hidden from view.

Overall, they liked it a lot saying, “Once you start using a navigation/GPS system in your off-road vehicle, it's hard to go without.”

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June 28, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

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Update - Read our review:
Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review by GPS Lodge

The Garmin StreetPilot C550 arrived for review at the GPS Lodge, and we’re pretty excited. The StreetPilot C550 is the latest addition to the popular C-series for Garmin. Late last year we reviewed the StreetPilot C340, and though that it was great. Very simple, very accurate, very good. (Read our review).

The new additions to the Garmin C-series was announced back in March at the CeBIT in Germany, and included the C510, the C530 and the C550. The C510 has European coverage, and optional traffic alerts, the C530 has the same features for the US market and the C550 has Bluetooth hands free speaker phone capability, FM traffic alerts standard, an MP3 player, and text to speech capability to say street names. All C500 series products have the SiRF star III chipset, preloaded maps and an SD card slot for added features and memory.


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June 17, 2006

Garmin Teams up with USA Triathlon Program - Forerunner and Edge units to be Used

USA Triathlon has announced that Garmin has signed on as a corporate sponsor and an Official Supplier to the USAT National Teams Program. As part of the agreement, Garmin will provide Garmin Edge 305 HR+Speed and Cadence Sensor units, Garmin Forerunner 305 units and GPS mapping units appropriate for course scouting purposes for use by National Team athletes and coaches. So, if you didn't think that Garmin Edge and Forerunner products were serious business, think again couch potato! Clearly these outdoor training GPS units help out.

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June 16, 2006

Garmin with a Strong Share of the US market

Garmin is on a track for owning a huge part of the US GPS market according to a recent article. Despite recent entries from some pretty big names, Garmin still hangs on to 47% share of GPS devices sold in May of this year. TomTom has 26% share of the market. No news on Magellan, but look to them to improve their position with their recent RoadMate entries.

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