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Posts Tagged ‘navigation’

postheadericon Magellan RoadMate GPS app updated for iOS 4, includes real-time traffic and multitasking

Magellan may not be the head honcho when it comes to standalone PNDs here in North America, but that’s not stopping the outfit from keeping its iOS app up to snuff. With TomTom, Navigon and Garmin all introducing iOS 4-compatible apps over the past few months, Magellan has finally done likewise — version 1.3 of the app now enables navigation to occur in the background, meaning that iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users will still hear turn-by-turn guidance while using another application. Better still, real-time traffic information is provided free of charge through NAVTEQ, alerting motorists to accidents, traffic flow and the nearest ice cream truck. If you’ve already sunk cash into this one, now’s a solid time to check those updates — otherwise, you can hit the source links for a trifecta of versions catering to various regions.

Magellan RoadMate GPS app updated for iOS 4, includes real-time traffic and multitasking originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Garmin officially exits the smartphone business, reports mixed Q3 earnings

Based on our experience with relationships, we’ve learned that it takes two to tango. It also takes two to produce co-branded wares, and with ASUS already withdrawing (respectfully, of course) from the ill-fated Garmin-Asus smartphone partnership, this here is more a formality than anything else. That said, those worried that Garmin would try to loop in another handset maker in order to manufacturer yet another Garminfone that 3.4 people would consider buying can rest easy. In the company’s Q3 2010 earnings, it confirmed that it is “winding down” its smartphone efforts, and rather than continuing on a path to doom and destruction, it’ll be ramping up marketing efforts in the aviation and maritime sectors. As for quarterly results, the company did see net income rise to $279.5 million (up from $215.1 million a year ago), but shares fell as it issued a depressing outlook for Q4 amid weakening demand for standalone PNDs. Hate to say we told you so

Garmin officially exits the smartphone business, reports mixed Q3 earnings originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon TomTom busts out GO 2405 TM and GO 2505 TM navigational devices

TomTom‘s just launched two new navigational devices, the GO 2405 TM and the GO 2505 TM. These units boast several updated software features, including ‘instant’ route planning (which is actually continuous routing), and a redesigned interface which makes use of pinch-to-zoom and swiping gestures. The GO 2405 TM has a 4.3-inch display and will run you $299, while the 2505 TM is a 5-incher and retails for $319. Both are available now at Amazon, Best Buy, and TomTom.com, and will be available at retail stores sometime in mid-2011. Full press release is below.

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TomTom busts out GO 2405 TM and GO 2505 TM navigational devices originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Nov 2010 11:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Garmin navigation to be an Android exclusive for ASUS, headed to Apple and RIM app stores

Details of the Garmin-ASUS breakup are slowly being revealed. We now know that ASUS has obtained exclusive rights to license Garmin navigation and location based services on its Android smartphones with a Garmin navigation trademark slapped on the back — other Android handset makers need not apply. ASUS will go back to selling its own-brand handsets in January, including models equipped with 3D for gaming and connectivity with ASUS ebook readers and tablets, according to DigiTimes. For its part, Garmin’s official blog says that it will be expanding its mobile application handset development by offering navigation and other applications through “certain consumer application stores.” According to DigiTimes, that means Apple’s iTunes App Store and RIM’s App World. So, in other words, Garmin and ASUS are still friends but are now free to date anyone they want, you know, except for anyone in eachother’s families. How mature.

Garmin navigation to be an Android exclusive for ASUS, headed to Apple and RIM app stores originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 27 Oct 2010 01:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon TomTom maps get loaded onto HTC Locations, promise ‘zero-wait navigation experience’

Look out, Google Maps Navigation — here comes a little friendly competition from across the pond. While we’d heard the term HTC Locations bandied about a bit during the company’s London launch of the Desire HD, now it looks as if both HTC and TomTom are ready to make their newfound friendship official. TomTom will be partnering with HTC in order to provide maps for phones loaded with HTC Locations, which is hailed as a new mapping system that results in a “zero-wait navigation experience.” Initially, at least, it’ll only be available on the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z smartphones in Europe and Asia, but the outfit promises to extend that to a wide variety of future phones and geographies. It should be noted, however, that while map and location content come preloaded on HTC Locations, turn-by-turn by guidance has to be purchased separately.

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TomTom maps get loaded onto HTC Locations, promise ‘zero-wait navigation experience’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Oct 2010 07:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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