Seems Garmin is going to push the nuvifone and later Android based phones in a big way.
This scares me a little, as there is already so much competition in the cellphone market.
Yeah, my crystal ball's been cloudy of late. In fact, you could do a lot worse than to be buying stocks I'm selling and vice versa over the last few years, but...
This does sound very risky to me, too. The cellphone market has been so cutthroat lately. Is there really room for another entrant? But for Garmin, they may see it as their one shot for survival. They may think standalone GPS is a doomed business in the medium term.
Is there really room for another entrant? But for Garmin, they may see it as their one shot for survival. They may think standalone GPS is a doomed business in the medium term.
That is a good question. What is the future of GPS and the marriage between cell phones and GPS? I think the Open Handset Alliance (a.k.a. Android) is a great move which will offer up many killer apps such as navigation on the cellphone.
But, anyone who has tried using a GPS enabled cell phone will soon realize that a stand-alone unit is far superior - screen size, voice clarity, accuracy etc.
Like all technology, I think there is going to be a fair amount of convergence. Think about cameras on cell phones. Are they a replacement for a good SLR? No. But they are now good enough for casual photo for posting on Facebook. They will never be as good as an SLR, but people do tend to accept some compromises to have everything on one device.
So, having Garmin enter the cell phone market is probably a good thing because at its core, Garmin is all about navigation. Whether their produts are going to try and be all things to everyone is yet to be seen. Time will tell!
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