February 8, 2007

Nokia Gives Free Downloadable Maps - smart2go

Nokia recently acquired smart2go they liked the mapping platform so much; now they are sharing it with the world. In what may be a huge step in making location based services a commodity the move will allow you to put the application on certain phones and Win Mobile 5.0 devices.

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January 10, 2007

Lost with a Navi-Phone

Nice article just got posted about some of the hurdles a mobile phone based navigation system has to get over to perform well. Now this article written over at The Street has some bias built in that you should think about when you read it. The author is a bona fide GPS nut, but hey that means there are two of us. So, he is approaching his mobile phone navigation experience from the standpoint of “downgrading” from a stand alone all in one device to a phone based one, shrinking the screen and reducing the interface capabilities dramatically.

Now consider the casual user who hasn’t used a Garmin, TomTom, or a Mio and s/he might think that the mobile phone based experience is great the three times they need it a month. Hey their needs may not be that complex so the quick system would in fact be great. Now s/he will also be blown away if they ever saw what some screen real estate can do for you and what a more complex operating system can do too.

Anyway good read over at The Street on the tough hurdles a mobile phone based navigation system will experience.

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January 8, 2007

Trimble GuideWorx - Outdoor GPS Navigation on Mobile Phones


We broke the news late last week, and now at CES 2007, Trimble has announced more details on their Outdoor Mobile Phone GPS navigation solution named GuideWorx. GuideWorx GPS transforms a mobile phone into a powerful handheld GPS device specifically designed for both on- and off-road navigation. For the first time, consumers can completely manage their outdoor experiences -- from receiving content-rich trip planning information, to on-the-go driving and recreational navigation, along with sharing these experiences online, using one ultra-portable and cost-effective cellular device.

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TeleNav Traffic Announced; Data from Inrix

Inrix and TeleNav announced an agreement at CES 2007 that they are teaming up to be the first to launch a GPS navigation system on mobile phones in the US, under which Inrix will provide traffic data to TeleNav for the first mobile phone-based GPS navigation service with intelligent traffic notification and one-click rerouting functionality. Definitely a requirement going forward of any GPS navigation solution. I'll still say that I don't know if all this mobile phone navigation will slow all in one GPS unit growth or drive it, as more people realize that GPS navigation is great, and that doing it on a micro mobile phone screen is not???? We'll see.

At the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today in Las Vegas, TeleNav announced immediate availability of TeleNav Traffic, the latest feature of TeleNav GPS Navigator, a turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled voice and on-screen navigation service. TeleNav Traffic, initially available on certain phones, regularly monitors traffic and proactively alerts users of slowdowns and incidents along their routes. With just one click, TeleNav Traffic will reroute users in order to minimize travel time, taking into account the latest traffic conditions.

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January 5, 2007

NAVTEQ Discover Cities For Mobile Local Search and Travel


Ahead of CES 2007, NAVTEQ announced the availability of NAVTEQ Discover Cities, a new product created specifically for personal navigation devices, personal media players, cell phone and other mobile devices. This bundle of map and Points-of-Interest (POI) content will be available to device manufacturers, wireless carriers and application developers to enable more relevant mobile local search and travel guidance. So, while your GPS in the car may be loaded with appropriate Points of Interest and items accessible to you in a car, this dataset seems to have captured data that might be useful to anyone moving on foot too. I could see something like this going into any flat GPS unit, or served up into a mobile phone application.

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January 4, 2007

Trimble to announce GuideWorx GPS Navigation for Mobile Phones


Trimble is well known in the GPS world, but maybe not as much as some other names in the average consumer's mind, but they have been making moves recently to try and change that. They are getting ready to announce GuideWorx GPS a mobile phone navigation application that will allow GPS enabled phones to give you turn by turn navigation on the road, as well as off road navigation in a phone applicaiton. No word on pricing or compatibility. Expect more details on this Mobile Phone GPS App at CES 2007, happening next week in Las Vegas.

Trimble has a couple of other applications in their stable for the mobile phone, including AllSport GPS, a fitness tracking service that allows you to use your GPS enabled GPS as a tracking device that in conjunction with online services, allows you to keep track of your workouts and training records. They also recently announced Geocache Navigator that has the ability to allow you to Geocache with your mobile phone.

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January 3, 2007

Pharos GPS Phone


Pharos is launching a re-branded ETEN Glofiish X500 phones/GPS/PDA. The unit comes with the omnipresent SiRF star III chipset, as well as Bluetooth, WiFi, and EDGE technology in a svelte 0.6 inch thick phone chassis. The 2 megapixel camera and 2.8 inch screen, 400 megahertz processor, 128 MB of ROM and 64 MB RAM. A micro SD slot helps you add more memory. Should be available this quarter.

Via engadget

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January 2, 2007

The Future of GPS - Some GPS Smartphones, mostly Stand Alones

At the turn of the year, it's always good to take a look at where things stand and where they are going. There is a nice little post over at Silicon,com that references a report from research company Strategy Analytics that by 2010, about one quarter of GPS enabled devices will be GPS enabled smart phones - fully functioning types, not just basic calling and GPS enabled things that are selling for $20 at the mall. Their research found that while only 5% of travel is to unknown areas, people will be turning to stand alone GPS devices for additional higher end services like TMC traffic, and other connected location based services like restaurant reviews and true search of POI's based on meta tags, not just titles. (Hummm, sounds like Dash Navigation)

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December 3, 2006

GPS Buddy Tracking with Cell Phones

The Boston Globe published a good article that talks about what technologies are out there to track friends who have GPS enabled Cellphones. They talk about Boost Loopt, the new Helio phone that comes with a Buddy Beacon feature, Mologogo, Dodgeball and the fact that there are already 100 million subscribers with GPS enabled phones in the US, with another 65 million more coming in the next year. (That's about half the population of the US!) Apparently not all of these can send a GPS beacon as to where you are though.

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November 17, 2006

BIM Active Fitness Trainer on your Mobile Phone


Have you been running lately with your GPS powered Fitness Trainer? No not your Forerunner, I mean your mobile phone. Recall that BIM Active (Bones in Motion Active) has the ability to download a program to your GPS enabled phone that will allow you to go train with your GPS enabled phone in your pocket and record your workout. The data is then uploaded to their website where you can chart and manipulate the data. There is a nice print ad in the December Issue of Runner’s World highlighting the capability.

The service works with many Verizon, Sprint and Nextel phones.

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