T-Mobile USA today announced the upcoming, exclusive availability of the new Garminfone, the first Android smartphone with Garmin GPS functionality.
As reported before the Garminfone is a full-touch 3G smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen integrated with Garmin full GPS solution. Good thing the whole nuvi branding is gone - T-Mobile Garminfone sounds cool.
Garminfone GPS features:
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- Integrated Navigation + Smartphone
Experience: Garminfone delivers navigation capabilities beyond what other
smartphones and standalone navigation devices provide. Customers can navigate
to an address simply by clicking on it from a text message or e-mail, contact,
calendar appointment, or web page. Garminfone can even remember where you are
parked and navigate you back to your car. The 3-megapixel camera with
autofocus automatically geotags images so you can navigate back to where your
family vacation photos were taken, e-mail geo-tagged images to friends and
family members, or post geo-tagged pictures on the Web for others to enjoy.
Helpful Garmin travel applications such as dynamic, real-time traffic; weather
local events; movie listings; and gas prices are pre-installed and easy to
access and use.
- Garmin Navigation: Driving, walking
and public transportation navigation with voice and on-screen directions and
automatic re-routing are deeply integrated into the smartphone features of
Garminfone to simplify navigating your daily life. On-board North American
maps offer fast and reliable directions — whether in or out of cell phone
coverage — and multiple overlapping positioning technologies ensure Garminfone
customers have one of the best location and navigation experiences a
smartphone can offer. In addition, Garminfone utilizes text-to-speech
technology to speak street names, and the screen automatically switches
between day and night modes for easier viewing while driving.
- Garmin Voice Studio: Garminfone is
the first to feature Garmin Voice Studio, an Android application, which allows
customers to record and share custom voice directions from family and friends.
Garminfone also includes a charging window and dashboard mount,
enabling you to easily navigate and charge the phone’s battery
In addition to the comprehensive navigational features, the Garminfone is
built on the Android operating system offering a rich mobile Web experience with
integrated Google mobile services including Google Search by voice,
Google Maps, YouTube and access to Android Market, where
customers can find thousands of applications to further enhance their travel
experience and their daily lives. The mobile Web browser experience includes
enhanced functions including pinch and zoom capability and embedded location
awareness, which links information found on the Web to navigation and mapping
functions, allowing users to navigate directly to a location from a Web page.
The Garminfone supports Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
Garminfone also offers essential smartphone features you expect from an Android phone including personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft Exchange
e-mail, contacts, calendar, social networking and instant messaging. A
music player and a 3-megapixel autofocus camera round out the offering.
Garminfone is expected to be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers later this spring.