Garmin® to Showcase Growing Lineup of iOS Apps and New Social Features at Macworld | iWorld 2012
OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that it will showcase its newest iOS app innovations at Macworld | iWorld 2012 in San Francisco (Jan 26-28, booth #836). Garmin offers a wide range of location-based apps for iOS users spanning aviation, fitness, tracking, treasure hunting and turn-by-turn navigation. Among the newest features, Garmin will demo social search and check-in capabilities for the StreetPilot® onDemand navigation app as well as a new function for the Tracker™ app that allows users to share links to a live tracking map1.
“We embrace apps in all of our business segments to support the increasingly mobile lifestyles of our customers and to complement our hardware offerings,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “At this year’s Macworld | iWorld, we will showcase our growing portfolio of iOS apps, including new features that help our users to stay connected and share location-based information with their friends and families.”
Check in with your navigation app: Among other new features, Garmin will demo social media capabilities for the StreetPilot onDemand app that integrate Wikipedia, Facebook and foursquare. Users can easily display locations from these networks on the map and check in upon arrival at their destination. Clicking on one of the Wikipedia icons on the map will reveal detailed information about a location, such as the identity of an interesting building or landmark. Also new for the StreetPilot onDemand app are some fun features that make driving more enjoyable, such as a variety of voices or vehicle icons to choose from as well as visually refined 3D renderings of buildings to provide a better overview. The latest versions of the StreetPilot Onboard and the NAVIGON turn-by-turn navigation apps will also be on display. Garmin acquired the German navigation provider NAVIGON in 2011.
Track what’s important: The Garmin Tracker app tracks what’s important. The app works in conjunction with the GTU 10 tracking device to display its location on a map, making it easy to virtually follow anything, from your loved-ones to valuables or the family dog. Users can set up a geo-fence to get alerts when the device crosses in or out of a defined area. The latest version of this app now also allows a continuous tracking mode, and enables users to send out map links to others, so they can follow the location of a device too1.
Get fit with your iPhone: The Garmin Fit™ app turns the iPhone into a powerful training tool. The app keeps track of current walking, running or cycling stats. Users can easily upload, review and share their activities on Garmin Connect™, a vibrant online community of fitness enthusiasts. With an optional ANT+™ iPhone adapter, users can also pair this app with Garmin fitness sensors like a heart rate monitor, foot pod or speed/cadence sensor.
Go on a digital treasure hunt: The free OpenCaching app provides a fun way for families, nature lovers, hikers, or scouts to go outside on a digital treasure hunt. Geocaching, a popular activity worldwide, takes digital technology away from the couch and out on the trail. Hidden treasure troves – known as caches – have been hidden around the world. Their coordinates have been uploaded to online communities, such as the free website Opencaching.com, along with details and clues. Garmin’s app allows users to participate in this treasure hunting game by hiding, finding, logging and sharing cache information right from the iPhone.
An iPad app for pilots: Garmin’s roots are in the aviation business and today the company is a leader in this space. Garmin Pilot My-Cast℠ is an aviation-centric weather and flight planning application designed specifically for general aviation, corporate and commercial pilots. The app provides pilots with a paperless cockpit, weather and flight planning along with navigation.
Macworld | iWorld Discounts on Garmin Navigation Apps
Garmin will reduce the prices of its North American turn-by-turn navigation apps by $10 during Macworld (Jan 26-28, 2012). The NAVIGON in app purchase FreshMaps is 50% off (exact price depends on app version).
Garmin StreetPilot Onboard USA: $39.99 instead of $49.99
Garmin StreetPilot Onboard North America: $49.99 instead of $59.99
Garmin StreetPilot onDemand: the annual subscription is $19.99 instead of $29.99
NAVIGON USA: $39.99 instead of $49.99
NAVIGON North America: $49.99 instead of $59.99
NAVIGON MyRegion: $19.99 instead of $29.99
Find details about Garmin’s other smartphone apps for a wide variety of activities at http://garmin.com/apps.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, 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 and StreetPilot are registered trademarks and ANT+, Garmin Connect, Garmin Fit and Tracker are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. My-Cast is a registered service mark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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1 Requires Deluxe Tracking service plan, available for $4.99 per month.
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