in part, it says....
It’s the hottest thing to come along in the tech world since blogging: The app store. And soon you might just have an app store for every gadget in your arsenal.
What do you think??
I mentioned this a while ago (ala carte apps), and am laughing to see this come to fruition!
Does the base price of the unit go down? Of course not...
I should have include this in the original post. The store is being persued by Tom Tom,but I would assume it will include all GPS units.....
Garmin already has the Garmin Language Guide add-on that is supported on the Nuvi 6xx, Nuvi 7xx series and newer devices. It costs $50 from Amazon.com.
So there already is some precedent for this. I hate to see just about every feature on the device become a "paid" service. That is a step backward.
There's projects like MioPocket 3.0 that allow you to use many different Windows CE programs on your GPS. They can even be run off the sd card, so no changes to the GPS. Some of the apps are media player, ebook reader, calculator, etc.
My next door neighbor has a Nexus One (Google Phone). One of his location centric apps displays the property value of homes nearby and, if they are for sale, you can click on they icon and view photographs of the interior of the home for sale.
I would like to see Slacker Radio offered on a GPS. You could simply download the genre of entertainment of your choosing and away you go.
...I would like to see Slacker Radio offered on a GPS. You could simply download the genre of entertainment of your choosing and away you go.
And how would you get the muswic to the GPS? Once they get more models out there with data connectivity, this would be possible. I prefer Pandora, myself, though.
It could be done just like their own G1 and G2 players or like the BlackBerry Slacker Radio application. Cache the content onto the device via a USB connection or wi-fi.
This Bing app for the iPhone/iPod is rather cool. Select the year and it plays the top 100 songs from that year.
Well at some point, the GPS market could be somewhat saturated and GPS sales of units drop off a bit. Companies will come up with ways to increase revenues with the use of their devices. Usually there are people who are willing to pay for these additional apps/services.
Doesn't interest me. I got my GPS to do one thing for me. Tell me how to get from here to there.. and then how to get from my final destination to home.
If there's a few extra factory built in bells and whistles on it, then fine.. but digging in my pocket and paying for "Apps", nah...... ain't worth it to me.
Ditto, I want my GPS to tell me where I'm at and where I'm going.....Leave well enough alone..
Well said! I totally agree.
That's all I wanted mine for also BUT. It would be nice to be able to look at the latest weather radar, say in a 50 mile radius, a snap shot from a weather website? My Nuvi 1690 has use of AT&T's cell towers and I can google lots of things, why not a current radar jpg from a weather station or how ever that stuff works. It also can view .jpg files. I'm not savy enough to program high end computer lingo but I know you can do about anything you want.
Ditto.. Mine stays in the glove box 99% of the time, only comes out when I in an unfamilar place and need to find my way out, or way to get there.
I agree with you. As long as mine gets me from point A to pint B, I am happy. Don't need all that extra junk.
Nothing I'd like better than to be driving down a 2-lane road and meet someone coming at me playing tic-tac-toe on his GPS. It would be almost as much fun as seeing some woman talking on her cell phone at an intersection.
I dislike the fact that companies always end up turning their good "one function" devices into bad "do everything" devices. Usually after the market saturates.
(rant warning)I like having an MP3 player, telephone, ebook reader and GPS as separate devices. Yes, I will carry all of them when I have to. I know many that have 1 device (usually an iPhone) and do everything from there. I always point the fact that after using it for music, video, reading and gps directions, how much battery do they have left if there is an emergency to make a phone call? (hope that charger is close) My phone is always charged. If the other devices run out of juice, their function is not relevant to care for in an emergency, except perhaps the gps for the location.
It is bad enough with people texting or talking on their phones, reading a newspaper, putting on makeup, or taking care of the kids in the back while going all over the 2 way road....
Sorry, but it grates spending +/-$150 for something that "stays in the glove box 99% of the time." Adding Wi-Fi and a decent browser would make for a much more useful mobile/traveling device -- useful even when you're not driving.
Android OS + Wi-Fi + Garmin GPS functionality FTW.
looks to me that things r changing out there lol
If it offers apps that are both cool and serve a purpose, it could be something that would work.
bring it on
App stores are proven revenue generators as they offer users the ability to create their own custom experience in the smart phone arena.
GPS units may need this to survive as Smartphones are continuously closing the gap in GPS usabilty.
Well said, that's what I got mine for don't need any more distractions. I have a Nuvi in the car for my wife (needs it) and one on the motorcycle that comes in handy on long trips.
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