New Garmin iQue M4 - Maps to go

Garmin also announced today the release of the Garmin iQue M4, the Windows Mobile based PDA with integrated high sensitivity SiRF GPS receiver. It comes preloaded with detailed maps of North America (US, Canada and Puerto Rico). The high sensitivity SiRF chipset and the pre-loaded maps differentiate this model from the iQue M3 product.

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Garmin StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 GPS Announced - Media Hubs for the Car

Garmin let news slip on the StreetPilot 7200 and StreetPilot 7500 late last week, and this morning announced - another addition in their string of new products in the GPS line. The StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 add many new features to the top end of the Automotive GPS category, building on a new chassis that has a HUGE 7 inch 16:9 ratio screen for viewing navigation, and maybe even your onboard videos! The featureset is huge, and it raises the bar for the category. (See related article on the StreetPilot 2730)

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New Garmin StreetPilot 2730 GPS - Announced Officially

In addition to the StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 Media Center GPS's that were announced, the Garmin also let news out on the StreetPilot 2730. The StreetPilot 2730 is built on the existing 2700 chassis, which means a smaller screen (compared to the 7" screen on the 7200/7500 - see related article). Hey, what can I say, the 2730 takes a whole bunch of the 7200/7500 features and jams it into the 2700 chassis, without the big screen. There you have it, that's what you need to know. It doesn't do video playback, and doesn't do the Dead Reckoning of the 7500. What does it do? It does GPS stuff, with a pretty good set of goodies; enough to be interesting.

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October 30, 2005

Garmin releases WebUpdater Software

Garmin has released an aid to keep your Garmin software up to date on your computer for your Garmin GPS; the Garmin WebUpdater.

According to Garmin:
WebUpdater's simple interface makes it easy to upgrade your operating software. Just connect your Garmin GPS to your PC, run WebUpdater, and follow the screen prompts. After confirming that you want to perform an update, WebUpdater will download that update for you and install it on your GPS. WebUpdater always checks for its own update first before performing a unit update. Unlike previous versions, you no longer need to download Web Updater every time you upgrade your unit software. Once installed, simply run it from your PC-no need to download anything else yourself.

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October 28, 2005

Lowrance Announces the iFinder Hunt C GPS

Lowrance has announced the launch of their Lowrance iFinder Hunt C handheld GPS, the only color GPS specifically designed by hunters for hunters. "The new iFINDER Hunt C with color display offers everything you'd expect in a versatile, precision mapping GPS unit made for the field, including hunting-specific icons, unique "Scout Mode", electronic compass, barometric altimeter, built-in microphone, and more!"

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Lowrance: Skins for your iWay Car GPS

Lowrance has announced that you can now download or create skins for the popular iWay car GPS units. The iWay 500C car GPS units are a pretty good little unit already, having received the PC Mag editor's choice award for excellent automotive GPS. It features a touchscreen display, a 20GB hard drive pre-loaded with detailed maps of the US, and the ability to play MP3's. The hard drive leaves you with about 10GB of space for your MP3's. (The unit also plays oog vorbis formats too.)

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Earnings are Way, Way up for TomTom

So, if you thought Garmin was doing well, check out TomTom. They announced earnings and they are doing just fine. The maker of many well liked GPS units, including the recently announced TomTom ONE (see article), had revenue up 373% over last year, with profit up 166% over the same quarter last year.

"The market for personal navigation devices has continued to grow strongly. Integrated devices have overtaken PDA solutions as the driver of growth in the sector and we expect this trend to continue," says TomTom's CEO, Harold Goddijn.

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Lowrance Announces the iFinder H2O C

Lowrance announces an update to their iFinder H2O unit, adding color to the popular handheld. The product is a good solid middle of the line handheld GPS featuring color and mapping, with the space to add more capacity with an SD slot.

Designed for anglers, boaters, and outdoors enthusiasts, this totally waterproof handheld is pretty rugged with its sure-grip rubber welt seal. It features dual processors and a high-res screen.

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October 26, 2005

Hertz and Magellan bring NeverLost to Europe

Well the Automobile GPS wars get another chapter, and this one has Magellan bringing the roots of their car GPS product line success to Europe for a little search and reapply. Hertz will be rolling out the popular NeverLost product in Europe throughout 2006. They will be rolling to 5 countries this month: France, Germany, The UK, Italy, and Germany. The NeverLost system is a modified Magellan RoadMate 760 that gets a lot of business travelers in front of a high end Magellan product for a few dollars, pounds, Euros a day and gets much needed trial. Once these folks learn what a great product this is, they often decide that they want one for home. At least that's the plan for Magellan.

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Garmin earnings WAY up

Garmin reported earnings for the most recent quarter, and earnings are way up. The consumer segment had 31% revenue growth, while the aviation segment saw 26% revenue growth, resulting in a 30% growth overall in revenue. It looks like the new i-series and c-series Streetpilots are doing well for them. They go on to talk about the continued high pace of product rollouts (more below). Recall that Magellan dominates (?dominated?) the US market for Automobile GPS units, while Garmin dominates the handheld markets in the US. This move with the i-series and the c-series StreetPilots is an attempt to unseat Magellan as King of the car GPS segment.

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