Telenav just announced the Shotgun, a new Internet-connected personal GPS navigation device (PND). The Shotgun is the company's first two-way PND taking advantage of cellular networks to provide real-time traffic alerts, Internet content such as maps and business listings as well as updated gas prices.
At first glance we'd expect Garmin's new Nuvi 510 to be a budget model. After all, the 3.5-inch screen is smaller (and regular aspect rather than widescreen) than most other new GPS devices we see, and there's no fancy graphics or clever 3D building renders. However Garmin intend the 510 to be used not only in a car but on a motorbike and at sea, and so the feature set is slanted toward that.
It's not just the bargain end that Garmin are tackling. The company also has Navigon's new 7200T in their sights, with the new nüvi 7x5 series of in-car GPS devices. Each of the four models - the nüvi 755T, 765T, 775T and 785T - have a 4.3-inch wide-aspect touchscreen, lane assist for close-up detail of intersections, semi-transparent 3D models of significant landmarks and, aside from the 755T, stereo Bluetooth support.
A fresh batch of entry-level GPS units from Garmin, in the shape of the nüvi 265T, 265WT and 275T. Each has Bluetooth for use as an in-car handsfree kit, lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic and Garmin's HotFix technology which promises faster positioning locks through caching satellite information.
It may have been pretty quiet from Seamless WiFi since we first saw their S-XGen UMPC back in September 2006, but the company would like us to know that they've not been sitting on their hands all this time. Apparently Seamless have been "very cautiously" deciding on GPS software for the UMPC - now renamed the S-Gen - and have settled on Garmin's Mobile XT app.
Garmin's new Oregon handheld GPS range, the existence of which was tipped earlier this week when product descriptions hit the online stores, has been officially confirmed by the company. Five models are available, ranging from the the basic Oregon 200 and shaded relief-mapped Oregon 300, to three 400-series devices each tailored to different outdoor activities. Each model has a 3-inch color touchscreen and water & shock resistant casing.
Details of Garmin's upcoming GPS range refresh have been revealed at Buy.com, suggesting a new range of handheld GPS receivers. The Oregon 200 will include a 3-inch color touchscreen (that's outdoor-readable), high-sensitivity GPS, electronic compass, barometric altimeter and temperature sensor. Map data will be courtesy of a 3D basemap as well as a digital elevation model, so hills shouldn't be too much of a surprise, and the Oregon is waterproof.
Portal has spawned several references that I'm sure will take quite a while to fade out. Especially “the cake is a lie” random bits that seem to pop up. Now, Portal has managed to get a Portal GPS system, which is wrong on so many levels.
Amazon have announced pre-order pricing for the Garmin nuvi 880 in-car GPS unit, and seeing as it's the new flagship of the company's range they've tagged it accordingly. $999 gets you automatic speech recognition (ASR), Bluetooth, text-to-speech, built-in traffic updates via an MSN Direct receiver and a 4.3-inch screen.
Check out the demo video of the nuvi 880 after the cut
Navigon is quickly rising to the top in the Personal Navigation Device market, even superseding TomTom and Garmin in many areas. Their latest PND is the 2100 Max, which is coincidentally one of the few upgradeable GPS units on the market. It also has a 4.3-inch Widescreen, Text-To-Speech functionality, lane guide assistance and speed warnings along with a fairly comprehensive list of Points of Interest; I mean there were more than a couple points listed in the little town I live in.
Since the announcement of Nuvifone by Garmin, Vince and I have been very interested in seeing the device personally. While I was unable to go to Barcelona this year, Vince is taking one for the team and managed to have one on one time with the Nuvifone.