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Garmin prepares Android powered handset for 2010

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Garmin prepares Android powered handset for 2010 - read the full textIn a recent webcast, Garmin showed off their plans for expanding their fledgling product family with a new handset running on Android OS. This happens very soon after the Google Maps Navigation announcement. Well, we are not really sure how successfl the nuvifone lineup is. As you may remember...

 

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Good luck to Garmin..! Their biggest hurdle will be AT&T. I have been into 3 different stores and no one even has a clue about the phone, much less any interest. Secret shop it yourself and see..! So the solution is bring it to a service partner who indeed does understand it and really wants to MARKET it. Second, sell the current phones un-locked directly through GARMIN. This way current customers of T-Mobile can use it for example. Third, allow apps to be put on the phone and allow more functionality of the user interface. Ex, like being able to arrange the home page..? etc. Simple if it is really a smart phone, right..? This is not rocket science for marketing but seems to be beyond understanding for Garmin. They just don't listen. Try to do it, I did, received nice thank you's, but basically the company does not understand, the current phones @ AT&T will just fade away as they did in their last venture into the mobile space. Sad really, because it is a GREAT BRAND, and I own a GPS, and would love to have the phone. But with it's current way of entering the market, I believe it will continue to flounder. Time will tell...! Wish TM sold the phone.

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  • 2009-11-10 14:55
  • kGsK

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-10 10:15 from TL5a - click to readWhat's that?

Providing targeted advertising specifically for you based on your browsing habits and where you go?

Searches for businesses will bring up the highest bidders.

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  • 2009-11-10 13:23
  • P%nm

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-09 17:10 from nbuy - click to readGoogle has been using the saved data for nobel reason.
Reason- Providing traffic info to all users and not for selling.

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  • 2009-11-10 10:15
  • TL5a

As long as Google Navi doesn't get "maps preloaded on SD card" feature, many people will still choose to use other apps

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  • 2009-11-10 09:08
  • pmQ6

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-09 17:10 from nbuy - click to readCare to back that up with some facts? Read the Google terms and conditions and it clearly states that individual location coordinates are aggregated and statistically merged for live traffic updates and such. Individual data is not stored or sold off for profit. Google can afford to do it for free because of advertising. I'm willing to bet you'll soon see ads embedded in their street-view and sat-view modes, which will make them a fortune.

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  • 2009-11-09 23:22
  • xmVg

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-09 17:10 from nbuy - click to readThat's only if you select that option to be allowed in the privacy settings.

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  • 2009-11-09 22:17
  • Ydg}

> In reply to Dro @ 2009-11-09 16:18 from YgFY - click to readDo you even know why it's free? Sigh... Google saves the data where you (your phone) have been, and then sell that information. Basicly you're paying with your privacy, so I wouldn't say Google is "free".

Plz study b4 u post!

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  • 2009-11-09 17:10
  • nbuy

By the time Google is finished perfecting it's Google maps for android garmin and tomtom and co. would find it very hard to survive. The Google maps beta on the android 2.0 already looks better than a stand alone gps and it's free. Gotta love Google.

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  • 2009-11-09 16:18
  • YgFY

Sorry to tell you this, but successful was spelled wrong. Successful > Successfl

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  • 2009-11-09 15:58
  • Yi5f

I wanted the Garmin Mobile XT software for Android! They made so much money from the software so why not make it for Android? It's only a matter of time before someone else does...

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  • 2009-11-09 14:42
  • mxIe

Second :)

Waiting for Garmin on my Hero

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  • 2009-11-09 14:25
  • Stp7

1st

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  • 2009-11-09 14:07
  • P@cf

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