09
Jan
Garmin Smartphone Link

Garmin International, the world leader in satellite navigation, has announced Smartphone Link for Android, an app which allows your Android-powered device to communicate seamlessly with your nüvi via Bluetooth, enabling live traffic information, traffic cam images, weather info and fuel prices to be displayed quickly and easily.

Smartphone Link also allows your Garmin GPS to share "favorite" locations with your device, and can help forgetful users find their car in a  crowded parking lot.

Garmin Smartphone Link

Unfortunately, many of the services (read all features besides live weather) provided by Smartphone Link come at a price. Live traffic will run users $19.99/year, traffic cams and fuel prices will cost a cool $9.99/yr each, and Advanced Weather (which provides 5-day forecasts, severe weather alerts, and radar images) runs at $4.99/yr.

While these features sound handy and convenient, their price tags are less than ideal, especially considering the number of free (or modestly priced) traffic and weather apps on the Android Market. Further, Garmin's app is only compatible with Bluetooth-enabled 2012 models in the nüvi line, meaning most users will need to upgrade their device before signing up for the new features. For more information, check out Garmin's official Smartphone Link page here, or download the app using the market link below.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Jason

    Death throes much?

  • inspiron41

    no thanks garmin

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    Sounds great! Hey, that reminds me. I need to call the phone company and sign up for that long distance service on my land line too!

  • http://imgur.com/CuKA2 sketchy_alx

    Yeah.... I'll just stick to having my phone do all those things including GPS.

    • Moi Poi

      Very well said.

  • Paul

    So $35/yr for full featured services? I can live with that. But you're right, seems redundant considering the phone itself can do all that.

  • MarcosV

    I'm still waiting for a decent GPS nav program for an Android phone with as useful of a GUI as my old Nuvi. I can get only so far with Google Maps and Pilot. Pity I haven't heard anything more aboout TomTom putting out an Android version of their iPhone app.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      I know this is a bit of a snotty way to put it, but I'd much rather have TomTom put out an Android version of their Windows Mobile app. For the roughly 2 years that they've had an iPhone app, I've yet to hear anybody was nearly as happy with it as people were with the Windows Mobile version. The iPhone version was supposedly pretty buggy and never really got the treatment it needed.