June 11, 2007

TeleNav - Location Sharing, Share Reviews of Businesses


TeleNav launched its latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator, the original GPS navigation application for mobile phones. Available immediately, subscribers can now send their current location to any other mobile phone that can receive text messages, creating a quick and easy way to meet with friends or co-workers while on-the-go. This makes catching up with friends pretty darn easy.... as long as your friend can find their way to you.

Customers can also share addresses of favorite businesses, including restaurants, hotels or movie theaters. With TeleNav's Fuel Finder feature, users can send information on local gas stations with the cheapest prices for that day. Other new features include reviews and ratings for nearby businesses and the ability to rate restaurants directly from a mobile phone.

More from the Press Release Below...

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June 8, 2007

TeleNav Navigation and Traffic on AT&T Phones

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AT&T has announced that the AT&T wireless unit's customers now have direct access to traffic information and rerouting services through TeleNav Traffic, offered initially on the BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry 8700c and the new BlackBerry Curve.

TeleNav Traffic alerts users through voice and on-screen prompts to traffic slowdowns and incidents along their programmed travel route. Recall that TeleNav uses Inrix data for its trffic (and gas price, I assume) feeds.

With just one click, customers can choose an alternative route or can remain on the original course. TeleNav Traffic calculates and provides an ongoing estimated time of arrival based on the customer's current route and the latest traffic information. Subscribers can also view traffic information on a map and see details of surrounding traffic situations.

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GPShopper & Sprint - LBS Shopping with Slifter

Sprint customers can now search and find products at local retailers, see price and availability information, and get directions to the store – all on select Sprint phones. Sprint and GPShopper today announced the launch of Slifter, the first mobile local product search application that employs GPS technology to find products at neighboring retail locations. Ahhhh, the coming wonders of Location Based Services; could be a nighmare, or more than likely we'll look back and ask how we ever got along without them!

GPShopper was a finalist in the TeleAtlas LBS Innovators Series.

Slifter makes real-world shopping more interactive: customers simply enter a keyword, product name, model number or UPC code to find a product. They can then view product availability, price and promotional information. Sprint GPS capabilities ensure the closest possible retailers are identified in the search. From video games to vacuum cleaners, using Slifter, Sprint customers can now search for more than 85 million products available at more than 30,000 retail stores across the country.

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May 24, 2007

TeleNav Traffic for Mobile Phones

Telenav recently did a survey of drivers and they found that 72% don’t check traffic before hitting the roads, and in many of the top metro areas, that sounds like they are ready to hit the proverbial brick wall once they get on the roads. Memorial Day weekend, people are going to suffer trying to get to their weekend away, and annually the average American commuter spends 47 hours in traffic each year!

Well TeleNav is one option to check traffic on your mobile phone while on the road.

"The benefits of providing a service to drivers that allows them to avoid travel congestion are immeasurable," said HP Jin, TeleNav president, CEO and co-founder. "With such a solution, not only can road warriors spend less time driving, but their lifestyles could also potentially be improved, both physically and mentally."

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May 23, 2007

GPS in Next Gen iPhone

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So, while a true GPS chip isn't making the cut on the new iPhone, it is apparently slated for the next generation model being readied for announcement at Macworld or maybe a year from now. Too bad, I was hoping that an upgrade would come very quickly on the heels of the first release....

It's being reported that the unit will contain a high sensitivity chipset, which may include the SiRF star III of equivalent.

Via Apple Tech News

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May 8, 2007

Mobile Phone Navigation Taking Off

Business Check: Mobile Phone navigation primed for take-off. According to GPS Business News, a major navigation provider, Networks in Motion, is claiming to have hit the million subscriptions mark. Those subscriptions bring in $9.99 a month or $2.99 a day. The major branded offering is through Verizon as the VZ Navigator.

“Reaching one million paid subscribers in just over a year is a major milestone that shows consumers are choosing the convenience of GPS navigation on a device they already carry with them everyday,” said Doug Antone, president and CEO of Networks In Motion. “We believe this rapid market acceptance strongly indicates where people will turn for their navigation needs.”

ReadMore at GPS Business

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April 26, 2007

GPS On a SIM Card

Wow, nothing says GPS Capability in a Mobile Phone like having a GPS chip right on the SIM card. SIM cards are in the backs of many mobile phones around the world these days, and BlueSky Positioning has what seems like an incredible application for GPS technology. The product is Assisted GPS capable, or A-GPS, which has the ability to talk to servers to help the chip predict where satellites are, and "look" in the right places for them. This speeds satellite acquisition and reduces your wait time.

According to the story in The Register, handsets using JSR177 Java programming that talks with the SIM chip could support full mapping, location and route-planning capabilities like you see on stand alone GPS devices. BlueSky apparently has working prototypes and is looking for a partner to produce the SIMs.

Via The Register

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TeleAtlas LBS Finalists Announced


Tele Atlas announced the finalists of the Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series event held in conjunction with the Wireless Innovations Conference produced by Dow Jones VentureWire. I always think these types of things are interesting to check out, as they give you a quick look at what is possible and what may be coming to a GPS/Phone/Computer near you.

Based on the business potential of their LBS applications and attractiveness to venture capitalists, eight finalists were selected by Dow Jones to present their new location-based solutions to venture capitalists and industry experts at the 2007 conference, being held this week at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City , CA . This exclusive opportunity is a key component of the ongoing Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series, a program designed to help enable wireless application developers to expand their visibility, credibility and success with key participants in the industry, including investors, carriers and technology providers.

The finalists are:

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April 9, 2007

VZ Navigator en Espanol

"Donde esta mi casa?" So VZ navigator is now available in Spanish for your VZ Navigator enabled phone. The service has 14 million points of interest available and downloads turn by turn direction sstraight to your phone. The service is available; $9.99 for unlimited monthly access, or $2.99 for 24-hour use.

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March 26, 2007

Garmin Enhances Garmin Mobile Features

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Garmin announced new features and content for select mobile phones equipped with Garmin Mobile -- a subscription-based, feature-rich application delivering maps, directions and turn-by-turn navigation on mobile phones. The new services are available now at no additional cost to customers. They namely added hotel info and content to the Garmin Mobile Interface. Mobile Phone services or Location Based Services (LBS) are going to be big this year, and Garmin is doing their best to make sure that they, as leaders in the GPS world, are part of that upswing.

"Adding Garmin Mobile to cell phones transforms the phone into a high-end personal navigation device," said Charles Morse, Garmin's director of mobile and PND marketing. "Customers who have experienced Garmin Mobile know that it simplifies travel at home and afar. Plus, it's one of the most affordable ways to enjoy the benefits of GPS navigation with real-time traffic info, fuel prices, weather forecasts and hotel prices."

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