Tag Archive for ‘Navigation’

Garmin Exits Phone Business ➝

Associated Press writer Dana Wollman:

Garmin Ltd., maker of GPS devices, reported higher earnings but lower revenue Wednesday for the third quarter, and said it would abandon its efforts to break into the smartphone market and instead focus on selling GPS hardware to plane and boat makers.

I was excited about the Nuvifone when it was initially announced, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was nothing more than a poorly executed product. Garmin would have done much better in this market if they went the route of developing and releasing premium navigation applications on as many of the major smartphone platforms as possible.

TomTom Releases $50 Navigation App ➝

TomTom has released a navigation app that includes maps just for the US. The application is available at its introductory price of $49.99.

From the app description:

  • Get the TomTom navigation app and enjoy smart, easy-to-use, turn-by-turn navigation on your iPhone or iPod touch
  • Buy now and get upcoming app updates for free

The introductory price ends on December 28. So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive option from one of the big guys, pick it up soon.

Previously:
10/23/09:
TomTom Car Kit Comes to Apple’s Online Store

Update 12/17/09: TomTom has also lowered the price of their U.S. & Canada navigation application until December 28. TomTom U.S. & Canada currently costs $69.99.

Magellan Releases RoadMate App for iPhone ➝

Magellan RoadMate for iPhone

Magellan has released its RoadMate 2010 North America application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The application’s most interesting features include:

  • OneTouch Favorites Menu
  • Spoken Street Name Guidance
  • Address Book Integration
  • In-app Music Control

Magellan is also planning to release a car kit to compete with TomTom’s. Their Premium Car Kit will have a fully adjustable rotating mount, enhanced GPS signal with its built-in receiver, and a noise-canceling speakerphone with Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Magellan’s RoadMate application is available now for the introductory price of $79.99. Their Car Kit is coming soon but no exact release date or pricing has been announced.

There have been several GPS navigation apps in the App Store but now that there are two big names (Magellan and TomTom) in the game the competition will really start to heat up.

Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America – $79.99
Magellan Premium Car Kit

Update 11/30/09: The Magellan Premium GPS Car Kit has shown up on Amazon. The price is $129.99 and the product page says that it will be released on December 11, 2009.

TomTom Car Kit Will Not Include App ➝

TomTom has finally confirmed pricing on the iPhone Car Kit. It will have a suggested retail price of $119.95 and will be available in October. TomTom has also confirmed that the Car Kit will be sold seperately from the TomTom app and will be compatible with the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS.

There has been rumors that the application would come bundled with the Car Kit but it appears that they was incorrect. TomTom’s Yann Lafargue had previously told Mac4Ever that the Car Kit would be compatible with the iPod touch. This press release implies that the app and Car Kit aren’t compatible with the iPod touch, we might have to wait until the Car Kit launches to know for sure.

Previously:
9/4/09:
TomTom Car Kit Coming in October
8/17/09: TomTom Says the Car Kit is Compatible with the iPod touch
8/16/09: TomTom Apps Show Up in the App Store

TomTom Car Kit Coming in October ➝

TomTom for iPhone

TomTom has published some answers to frequently asked questions, including the answer to obviously the most asked question regarding the Car Kit.

When will the car kit be available?

The TomTom car kit availability was originally planned for this summer. But we have decided to take some extra weeks in order to deliver the highest quality on this innovative product. So, the car kit will become available this October on www.tomtom.com.

The FAQ also reveals that the TomTom app will not come bundled with the Car Kit, it is only available on the App Store.

I’m starting to get a little worried that this is going to cost $300 between the Car Kit and the application.

Previously:
8/17/09:
TomTom Says the Car Kit is Compatible with the iPod touch
8/16/09: TomTom Apps Show Up in the App Store
8/12/09: TomTom for iPhone May Have September 22 Release Date
6/9/09: WWDC Keynote 2009
5/9/09: TomTom Rumored to be Hiring an iPhone Developer for Navigation App

Update 9/26/09: TomTom Car Kit Will Not Include App

TomTom Says the Car Kit is Compatible with the iPod touch ➝

TomTom for iPhone

Mac4Ever managed to get a hold of Yann Lafargue, TomTom’s public relations manager, and received confirmation that the upcoming Car Kit will be compatible with the iPod touch and will also support third party GPS navigation applications.

It will work with the iPod touch and will also work with third-party GPS applications.

When the Car Kit was originally announced back at WWDC TomTom announced that the Car Kit would enhance the iPhones GPS accuracy, this made many (including myself) assume that the mount actually had a GPS chip in it, this has now been confirmed. And presumably, if the iPod touch is capable of using the navigation software with the Car Kit there doesn’t seem to be any reason why the first generation iPhone can’t.

The ability for third-party navigation applications to use the Car Kit to enhance their accuracy is very good for consumers. If you purchase the Car Kit and eventually decide that you want to try out another piece of navigation software you won’t feel locked in because of all the money you spent, the hardware is still useful to you.

Lafarque wasn’t able to shed light on the actually release date of the Car Kit but the release of the TomTom application itself alongside TomTom’s September 22 event leads me to believe the Car Kit is coming very soon.

(Google Translated).

Previously:
8/16/09:
TomTom Apps Show Up in the App Store
8/12/09: TomTom for iPhone May Have September 22 Release Date
6/9/09: WWDC Keynote 2009
5/9/09: TomTom Rumored to be Hiring an iPhone Developer for Navigation App

Update 9/5/09: TomTom Car Kit Coming in October

Update 9/26/09: TomTom Car Kit Will Not Include App

TomTom Apps Show Up in the App Store ➝

TomTom in the App Store

Earlier today the TomTom navigation applications went live in the New Zealand App Store, and later in the day went up in Australia and Europe. Checking the App Store just a few minutes ago in the US, I found all four of the main TomTom apps were available.

Although we are still waiting for the TomTom for iPhone Car Kit, these apps will likely be most interesting to those of you who already own some sort of car mount for your iPhone. Instead of buying the app now I’m going to wait for the release of the car kit (maybe buying the car kit will give me some sort of deal on the app itself).

Previously:
8/12/09:
TomTom for iPhone May Have September 22 Release Date
6/9/09: WWDC Keynote 2009
5/9/09: TomTom Rumored to be Hiring an iPhone Developer for Navigation App

Update 8/17/09: TomTom Says the Car Kit is Compatible with the iPod touch

Update 9/5/09: TomTom Car Kit Coming in October

Update 9/26/09: TomTom Car Kit Will Not Include App

TomTom for iPhone May Have September 22 Release Date ➝

TomTom for iPhone

Dutch site Bright.nl disclosed in a recent Tweet that TomTom was having a special media event on September 22.

The invitations distributed to local journalists say:

Dear Journalist,

“TomTom will reveal the future of navigation to you” on Tuesday, the 22nd of September (from 10:30 am until 2 pm) … Save the date!

More information to follow soon!

Warm regards,

The TomTom PR team!

Although there was no mention of the TomTom for iPhone kit in the invitation, many have speculated that the release of the kit could be one of the announcements.

Update 8/16/09: iPhoneclub.nl (Google Translated) is reporting that the TomTom for iPhone application has gone up on the New Zealand App Store. You must have your iTunes Store set to “New Zealand” before you will be able to view these apps but there are up.

Update 8/16/09: These applications have also shown up in the Australian and many of the European App Stores. In the European App Stores there is also a fifth more localized version of the TomTom navigation app for a lower price.