Garmin launches nüvifone

Garmin launches nüvifone
Garmin International yesterday night announced its entrance into the mobile phone market with the nüvifone, an all-in-one touchscreen device that combines phone, mobile web-browser, and personal navigator.

The nüvifone is Garmin’s first device to include Google local search capability. In addition, the nüvifone includes a web browser with touchscreen operation. The nüvifone also has personal messaging functions, including email, text, and instant messaging.

The nüvifone features a built-in camera that allows individuals to take a picture that will automatically be tagged with the exact latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken. The user may then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the image to a recipient who can navigate directly to the location.

The nüvifone also provides direct access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs available through Google’s Panoramio picture sharing site. Other multimedia functions of the nüvifone include a built-in video camera, MP3 and MPEG4/AAC.

Garmin anticipates that the nüvifone will be available in the third quarter of 2008. Specific details about pricing and sales partners have not been disclosed at this time.

Thursday, January 31st 2008

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