World News: Garmin announces new and upgraded features for various apps and devices

World News:  Garmin announces new and upgraded features for various apps and devices

Garmin MobileTM upgrades include a new user-friendly interface and Google LocalTM search, which will be available on a variety of handsets and platforms including BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones from July.

Users can now send locations found on Google MapsTM directly to their Garmin GPS-enabled devices. The process is quick and easy – the results of a search on Google Maps for a specific location will appear on a map, which can then be saved directly to the Garmin device through the Send-to function.

The upcoming launch of a new feature will allow consumers to send trip planning results from directly to their Garmin PNDs via the "Send to GPS" option.

Garmin's intuitive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation will be available directly on selected Samsung mobile phones. Samsung Mobile Navigator by Garmin is based on the Garmin MobileTM XT navigation software, and Samsung phones with this navigation capability are expected to be available in Europe and other parts of the world within several months. Users will also have access to Garmin OnlineTM (for weather forecasts, traffic and safety camera information).

From end-April, Centennial Wireless will make available via download a free seven-day trial subscription of Garmin MobileTM for BlackBerry® on new and existing Centennial BlackBerry 8310TM smartphones. Apart from turn-by-turn navigation and location information, Centennial's BlackBerry 8310 customers will also have access to real-time traffic, fuel prices and weather information.

nTelos customers can now begin navigating with Garmin MobileTM, marking Garmin Mobile compatibility with BREW-enabled devices.

Garmin's Fleet Management Interface (FMI) program has expanded thanks to new collaborations with corporations worldwide. Garmin's FMI enables fleet tracking, messaging, dispatch and navigation directly on Garmin PNDs, such as the StreetPilot®, nüvi® and z?mo® series. Companies wanting to manage their mobile resources can partner directly with Garmin or work with a third-party application provider. Air-Trak, DQ Technologies, and OMNiBRIDGE are the latest mobile resource management partners who are integrating Garmin GPS devices into their product portfolios. Enfora and WebTech Wireless are OEM/hardware wireless solution providers that will be able to offer the components necessary with Garmin's FMI so customers can come to market faster.

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