T-Mobile Offers Android-Powered, GPS-Enabled Garminfone
Network operator T-Mobile USA announced the upcoming availability of the new Garminfone, the first Google Android-powered smartphone integrated with Garmin's navigation experience.
has an exclusive contract to market the phone, said it anticipates the
handset would be available later this spring. The full-touch 3G
smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen integrates fully with Garmin's
navigation experience, which allows customers to navigate to an address
by clicking on it from a text message or e-mail, contact, calendar
appointment or Web page. Information on possible pricing was
Garminfone can also remember where users are parked and navigate them
back to your car. The 3-megapixel camera with autofocus automatically
geotags images so users can navigate back to where family vacation
photos were taken, e-mail geo-tagged images to friends and family
members, or post geo-tagged pictures on the Web. The phone also
includes Garmin travel applications such as dynamic, real-time traffic,
weather local events, movie listings and gas prices that come
"The Garminfone brings together two increasingly popular devices in one
state-of-the-art package, delivering a rich, unique experience that no
other smartphone or standalone navigation device can offer," said
George Harrison, vice president of marketing product innovation for
T-Mobile USA. "Busy people balancing personal and professional lives
are increasingly seeking smartphones, and the deep integration of
Garmin navigation into the smartphone features of this device helps
them do more with one device to more simply navigate their busy lives."
Driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and
on-screen directions and automatic re-routing are also integrated into
the smartphone features of Garminfone, offering on-board North American
maps, multiple overlapping positioning technologies and text-to-speech
technology to speak street names. In addition, the screen automatically
switches between day and night modes for enhanced viewing while
driving. Garminfone is also the first to feature Garmin Voice Studio,
an Android application, which allows customers to record and share
custom voice directions.
"As the North American leader in Personal Navigation Devices, Garmin
sought to partner with the leading carrier of Android smartphones,
T-Mobile USA, to bring our first Android device to market," said Cliff
Pemble, president and COO of Garmin International. "Garmin's advanced,
user-friendly navigation technology is used by millions of people every
day, and the combination of Garmin's rich navigation services on the
Android platform simply makes Garminfone a must-have device for
families, individuals, travelers, commuters and professionals alike."
In addition to the navigational features, the Garminfone is built on the Android operating system offering a mobile Web experience with integrated Google mobile services including Google Search by voice, Google Maps, YouTube and access to Android Market for additional applications. The mobile Web browser experience also offers 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.