November 14, 2006

Geocaching with your Mobile Phone

Trimble announced that it has a new application for your mobile phone that will allow you to use the GPS-enabled phone for geocaching. While this is a nice move to involve those without a handheld device, it somehow sends the vision of a bunch of mobile phone talking idiots out there in the mud getting their italian loafers all dirty. Anyway, I suppose if you aren't cut out for walking in the woods, you wouldn't dream of trying it. This adds to Trimble's set of mobile phone based GPS programs including a training aid and an off-road navigation program.

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November 9, 2006

Helio Drift - GPS enabled phone with Google Maps Built in

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Interesting news in the GPS enabled mobile phone area with the announcement of the new Helio Drift slider phone. The unit comes equipped with a GPS receiver and the ability to run Google Maps and get door to door directions. The unit also supports buddy beacons that allow you to see where friends are, calling it a "Friendar". The unit also comes loaded with a lot of other nice features that round out a decent mobile phone offering. What's that sound I hear? I think it's the sound of 20-somethings walking away from stand-alone GPS units.

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October 31, 2006

Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition Review

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The Palm GPS Navigator is a good way to get navigation on an already strong platform, the Treo smartphone. The navigation is courtesy of TomTom and its knowledge around ease of use and sound navigation. So, no set-up is perfect, and having navigation with you in your smartphone is a good situation but the small screen can be a drag. The GPS capabilities are sound, and offer basic features, but not some of the more advanced features like text to speech. It does support multi-segment routing for going to several destinations that you select. The unit is fairly easy to set-up, and use, but its integration with other Palm software isn't so hot.

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October 26, 2006

200 Million GPS Enabled Mobile Phones and Counting

Just in case you were wondering where the GPS market was going, think about these numbers. Qualcomm just released some information that says they have shipped over 200 million GPS enabled phones (doesn't include other manufacturers) in the last few years. This compares to the few million that Garmin and TomTom will ship this year. The company calls the technology gpsOne assisted GPS and it supports a whole bunch of goodies for navigation and safety applications. My hunch is that either the applications aren't user friendly enough for the users to be able to use them, or the wireless suppliers haven't allowed users to access the GPS navigation or other functions on the phones.

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October 20, 2006

Review: HTC P3300 GPS SmartPhone (with TomTom On Board) Review

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So HTC has a nice little thing going with TomTom and has pumped out what looks to be a decent Smartphone The P3300) with great navigation built in. It was announced last month, and now there's a review up on what I would hope is a trend - solid smartphone navigation from people who know how to design navigation software. The imbedded TomTom software is what you’ll see in other devices from TomTom and offers the same confident and get you there personality that TomTom is known for. Anyway there’s a nice review up that takes a look at this (Euro only for now) phone that says the navigation is “seamless”. The unit is sporting a SiRF star III chipset and has the TomTom Navigator 6 software loaded up on it.

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September 12, 2006

New Bluetooth GPS Receiver: Garmin Mobile 10

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Garmin announced Garmin Mobile 10, a product that turns Bluetooth enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones, Pocket PCs, and PDAs into GPS navigators. Look familiar? This is the Garmin Mobile 10 that was approved by the FCC back in July and then leaked through their site. The Garmin Mobile 10 system includes either Garmin Mobile XT or nRoute navigation software, and the GPS 10x, a highly sensitive GPS sensor that determines location data using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and transmits that information to mobile devices enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology.

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Guardian Angel GPS Tracking Phones sold through Boost Mobile

Guardian Angel Technology has announced a new line of GPS-equipped cell phones for its Guardian Angel tracking system. The new phones come from BOOST Mobile, offering pre-paid services to consumers. The company’s decision to use BOOST as its platform is driven by the cost and flexibility advantages that pre-paid services provides to the end user. This is good isn’t it? I mean does junior need the 1,500 minute plan yet?

Guardian Angel Technology has announced a new line of GPS-equipped cell phones for its Guardian Angel tracking system. The new phones come from BOOST Mobile, offering pre-paid services to consumers. The company’s decision to use BOOST as its platform is driven by the cost and flexibility advantages that pre-paid services provides to the end user.

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Garmin Mobile Available on Select BackBerry Phones

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Garmin announced that Garmin Mobile – an application that delivers maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation – will be available on select BlackBerry devices. Recall Garmin announced Garmin Mobile last year about this time, with a significant upgrade to its capabilities this past July.

“The availability of Garmin Mobile on BlackBerry devices gives BlackBerry customers numerous features that they would not normally have access to,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “The advanced features of Garmin Mobile – such as real time fuel prices, traffic, and weather information – are very desirable because they help save time and money while traveling.”

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September 8, 2006

HTC P3300 PDA/Mobile Phone – Integrated with TomTom Software

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TomTom has been on a tear recently, and they aren’t stopping yet. TomTom has announced that they are working with HTC, a relatively unknown but very experienced handheld maker, to launch the HTC P3300 a handheld PDS/Phone with TomTom Navigator 6 software built right in. This will be the first step in a collaboration agreement between the two companies. While fans might thing of this as a rival to HP and Palm products, the real news here is that unless GPS companies evolve away from stand alone devices, they are going to get left in the dust. I think that Mio, Garmin and TomTom realize that they have excellent navigation system software, and that the expertise is needed in the development of navigation systems not matter what the hardware is, witness this launch, TomTom’s Navigator software, The Mio 350 and 550 PDA's, the Garmin PDA series and even Garmin’s Mobile Phone software. I'm telling you I need a SiRF star chip in my Video iPod for the ultimate convergence.

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August 31, 2006

TomTom Navigator 6

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In a flurry of news, TomTom has released another product, TomTom Navigator 6. The Mobile Phone and PDA application brings easy TomTom style navigation to you with your own PDA/Phone, and the TomTom style that we enjoy. The Navigator 6 package comes in a couple of flavors, on DVD, on DVD with a Bluetooth receiver and on an SD card with a Bluetooth GPS receiver 9all at slightly different price points – see below). The product should be available in Early October for purchase.


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