Sat nav company is on the move.
Garmin may have its own super phone in the works, but that hasn’t stopped it from lending its GPS expertise to other handset manufacturers.
This week sees the company make two announcements, the first that it is bundling its Garmin Mobile XT navigation software to sat nav capable Samsung handsets and the second that this software will soon be upgraded for BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones.
Dealing with the former first, the Samsung i780 will be the first recipient of the Garmin Mobile XT programme which will ship on a microSD card with the handset. Installation begins automatically when the card is inserted into the i780 and users will not only get GPS software but also turn-by-turn instructions to their destination.
Secondly, Garmin is updating Mobile XT to match the interface with its spectacular nüvifone with ‘Where To?’ and ‘View Map icons on the smartphone display. Inside these will be revamped submenus with ‘Address’, ‘Recent Finds’, ‘Food and Hotel’ and – interestingly – ‘Google Local’ options and an enlarged database of more than 6m POIs.
Free real-time traffic updates, fuel prices and weather forecasts are also part of the revised package with the subscription based offering seeing the light of day by the end of the month.
Seems Garmin is sick of TomTom garnering all the headlines. Expect big things from this company over the next 12 months…
Garmin Mobile XT