Garmin Mobile™ XT Brings Google Local Search and Panoramio Photo Navigation to Smartphones
Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Garmin Mobile XT users will soon have access to Google Local search and Google’s Panoramio picture sharing. Garmin Mobile XT is an all-in-one software solution that turns smartphones with internal GPS into full-feature Garmin navigators. These new Garmin Mobile XT capabilities will be available to customers for no additional cost and will allow them to navigate to locations found on Google Local or geo-coded photos found on Panoramio. This announcement was made in conjunction with the GSMA Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, and will be on display at the Garmin booth (Hall 7, booth #7C37).
“By adding Google Local search and Panoramio to Garmin Mobile XT, customers will have more points of interest and navigation options than ever before,” said Charles Morse, Garmin’s director of mobile and online marketing. “Garmin Mobile XT is already compatible with over 100 GPS smartphones, and we expect this number to increase as more smartphones are introduced with internal GPS.”
The Google Local search capability on Garmin Mobile XT allows users to harness more points of interest information via the world wide web. By selecting “Where to?” and “Google Local”, customers can type in keywords as they would if they were on their desktop computer. In addition, Garmin has created a “quick search” feature that lets users search Google Local via categories – such as food, lodging, fuel, and more – rather than typing a keyword into the Google Local search box. Search results are based on the user’s current location and are sorted by geographic relevance. Detailed information can be displayed including descriptions, business address & phone numbers, and a rating from Google. Once the user selects a location, they can save the destination to their favorites folder, call the destination, or navigate to it with Garmin’s intuitive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions.
Thanks to the integration with Google’s Panoramio service, customers also have access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs directly from Garmin Mobile XT. Images and relevant information are displayed based on proximity to the individual’s current location. After viewing the images on their smartphone, users can navigate directly to the place the photo was taken, or save the image and location for future reference.
Garmin Mobile XT is an easy-to-use application that is preloaded on a microSD card (with miniSD and standard SD card adapters) for plug-and-play installation. Once the microSD card is inserted into a compatible smartphone with embedded GPS, the Garmin Mobile XT application will install and launch automatically. Customers are then greeted with Garmin’s intuitive “Where to?” and “View map” welcome screen. With a few screen or button taps, customers can easily route to a specific street address or choose from preloaded points of interest – such as restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and gas stations. In addition to turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions, users will also see their exact position on a detailed moving map. If a turn is missed along the way, a new route will be recalculated automatically.
In addition to navigation, Garmin Mobile XT includes access to Garmin Online™ so that customers have useful, updated information at their fingertips, such as traffic, weather forecasts, and safety cameras.
Garmin Mobile XT’s Google Local and Panoramio photo navigation capability is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2008. For more information about Garmin Mobile XT, visit www.garmin.com/mobilephones.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International, Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:GRMN) group of companies which designs, manufactures, markets, and sells navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in consumer and general aviation navigation and its products serve the automotive/mobile, outdoor/fitness, marine, and aviation markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and Garmin Mobile XT is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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