A few days ago, Garmin announced its newest wearable for kids: the vivofit jr. Despite the name being in lowercase, it sounds like a pretty neat device. Garmin claims that it is water-resistant, comfortable, durable, and that it has more than a year's worth of battery life. Like other fitness trackers, the vivofit jr. will monitor the child's steps, sleep, and physical activity. Read More
GPSes used to be expensive and uncommon, but now half of the population carries one around in their pockets. That new Android smartphone you bought? It has GPS-functionality built-in through Google Maps. So does that new tablet. But get this - dedicated GPS units are still a thing, and I'm not talking about the kind that you mount on your dashboard. Today Garmin announced Monterra, the company's first Android-powered handheld outdoor GPS with WiFi.
Garmin's lightweight device is basically a rugged smartphone without a cell radio. Or, if you're old enough to have ever used one, a PDA. It is built to assist outdoorsy types as they conquer all kinds of unpleasant terrain, along with water. Read More
Granted, this particular bit of news is only valuable to the (very) small crowd of people who purchased the T-Mobile Garminfone, but it's nice to hear nonetheless. The good news: Garmin has released an update to Android 2.1 (Éclair). The bad: it's a manual update.
The update process isn't complicated per se - but it's definitely more work than an OTA:
1. Download the software update package for your Garminfone which can be found here: http://www.garminasus.com/en_US/support/software/006-B1130-00.update
2. Connect your Garminfone to your computer using the USB cable provided in your box
3. Select "File Transfer" mode when the "USB connected" dialog appears
Garmin CFO Kevin Rauckman stated on the 9th that Garmin may be leaving the mobile phone part of its business on the side of the highway. Garmin has released exactly one Android phone that was met with limited success, to put it nicely. They released the Garminphone with an outdated version of Android and put it on the 4th largest (out of 4) wireless carrier in the US (T-Mobile). The cards were definitely not stacked in their favor.
At one point in time, I'm sure this phone would have been a break-away hit but, now that every phone has GPS navigation, the Garminphone has become completely irrelevant. Read More
T-Mobile has been forced to lower the price of the Garminfone as a result of very weak demand - analyst estimates peg the number sold around 20,000. The phone was priced at $199.99, a price most reviewers agreed was too high for a phone with relatively weak specs:
- 600 Mhz processor
- 3.5” screen
- 3 MP camera
- 2GB microSD card
- Android 1.6 with no word on an upgrade
- Focus on navigation capabilities
Those in the market for an Android device were able to either get a more powerful phone for the same price, or an equally capable one for substantially less. Either way, the Garminfone had little in the way of economic appeal. Read More
Update 05/26/2010: Well, as legit as the picture that Engadget posted looked, it seems that it was incorrect. I recieved an email this afternoon from T-Mobile announcing the availability of the Garminfone for $199.99 after a 2 year contract on June 9th
. Seems all other details remain the same. You can view more information on the Garminfone here.
Sorry for the punny title – that actually hurt a bit to write. So, it seems that Engadgets received a fairly credible picture announcing that the Garminfone (did they really have to call it the ‘Garminfone’? I keep typing ‘phone’) should be available on June 2nd for the rumored $199 price point – as long as you’re OK with a 2 year contract. Read More
If you've been waiting for Garmin's half-GPS/half-Android-phone (phonotaur?) Garminfone to drop, you now won't have to wait too much longer.
According to Engadget, T-Mobile is going to start shipping this highly originally named device in June for a relatively steep price of $199.
Update: T-Mobile's garminfone site is now available:
Considering that a superior EVO 4G is rumored to have the same price tag, the Garminfone deal may seem like a steal to only the most directionally challenged of us. Yes, EVO 4G will run on Sprint, but if you want to stick to T-Mobile, why not get a similarly superior Nexus One instead? Read More
A number of real-life photos of the new Android-powered Garmin phone, called Garminfone just got leaked to TmoNews.com. With the full Garmin navigational experience loaded into the phone, Garminfone is clearly directed towards those of us that may be directionally challenged.
Let's have a look, shall we? Here are the most interesting of the leaked pictures:
Here’s their initial impression:
With just a few shots we get a quick glance at what we honestly expect to be just a moderate Android device…with no real “wow” factor.
For those that may have missed what makes this phone so special (which is nothing), below is an excerpt from the features, specifically the key Garmin-related features. Read More