Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 20th Jun 2009 02:12 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless To add to the amounting set of expected Android phones in coming time, Garmin has announced that they will stop making devices with their own operating system and instead switch to solely Android- and Windows Mobile-powered phones. They expect to release their first Android device by the end of 2009.
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RE: O please
by Jon Dough on Sun 21st Jun 2009 11:54 UTC in reply to "O please"
Jon Dough
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The GPS device is going to go the way of the dinosaur, and if Garmin doesn't make their GPS services and software available on phones, they will become irrelevant. Wouldn't be surprised if they will support things like palm pre, and blackberry as well.


Depends on the carrier. Verizon does not allow anything other than VZ Navigator to run on their unhacked phones; Google Maps won't load in the browser. Why? Because VZ Navigator is an extra fee every month, either stand-alone or as part of a bundle, and Verizon doesn't want to skewer that cash-cow.

As for GPS on the phone, one of the problems is the small screen. I'd much rather have the 4.3" Garmin screen than the <4" screen on most cell phones. Plus, I want my GPS to only do the one thing it's designed for -- GPS navigation. I don't need it to make calls or play music; I have a cell phone and radio/CD player for that.

That said, I think that they will need to somehow integrate, partner, or make some other arrangement with the cell carriers, because most people do want device integration.

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