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Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips have revealed their plans to take on the PMP and PND markets in one fell swoop, with the upcoming Philips GoGear Connect.  An Android 2.1 based device, with a touchscreen and trackball, the GoGear Connect will not have integrated cellular connectivity - it won't replace your smartphone - but it will be able to tether via Bluetooth or hook up to a WiFi hotspot.

Video demo after the cut

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Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 hands-on

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 hands-on

The first nuvifone took its time reaching the market and met with disappointing reviews when it finally made it, so you could argue the bar is set low for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50.  The first in the model range to run Android, we grabbed some hands-on time with the A50 at MWC 2010 this week; turns out, the partnership have learnt plenty from their first efforts, and while the smartphone won't knock HTC off their perch it joins the ringing death-knell of standalone PNDs.  More first-impressions after the cut.

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Nav4All shuttered as NAVTEQ withhold licence; Nokia blamed

Nav4All shuttered as NAVTEQ withhold licence; Nokia blamed

Nokia's decision to push Ovi Maps into the limelight looks like it could have had a nasty knock-on effect, at least if you're a Nav4All user.  The multi-platform navigation company has announced that it is being forced to go offline by the end of the month, after mapping data provider NAVTEQ declined to extend their licence agreement.  While no reason was given for the decision, Nav4All do discretely point out Nokia's 100-percent ownership of NAVTEQ.

Nokia Ovi Maps now free: turn-by-turn, offline access & travel guides [Updated with Video]

Nokia Ovi Maps now free: turn-by-turn, offline access & travel guides [Updated with Video]

Nokia have announced free Ovi Maps worldwide walk and drive navigation for S60 handsets, complete with turn-by-turn spoken directions, traffic information in 10 countries and both online and offline functionality.  The new software - which will initially be available on ten S60 devices, including the Nokia E72 and N97 mini; full list after the cut - differs from existing smartphone PND apps by using vector rather than bitmap graphics; while that might not ostensibly mean much to most users, it results in increased Ovi Maps speed, less than one-tenth the data traffic and reduced battery consumption.  Meanwhile there'll also be premium-style content included for free, such as Michelin and Lonely Planet travel guides, Time Out and wcities, and close integration with Facebook.

Updated with video demo after the cut

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Google Maps Navigation hack blocked outside of US

Google Maps Navigation hack blocked outside of US

Google appear to have closed off the loophole that allowed users of Android smartphones to access the Google Maps Navigation beta outside of the US.  Tutorials explaining how to unlock the software - which was announced back in October - appeared in late November, and showed how workarounds for Google's location limitations could enable the turn-by-turn navigation for users in the rest of the world.  Unfortunately a software update for Google Maps on Android this weekend appears to have cut off those workarounds.

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