Has anybody heard anything lately about whether Garmin ever intends to offer Garmin StreetPilot for Android Phone? As I look at there website, I see:
-Garmin StreetPilot for Windows Phone
-Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone
-Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry
-Garminfone (Which is an Android)
They are obviously well aware of the Android OS, since their very own Garminfone is an Android and Garmin Tracker is a free Android app. I wonder if they are under some sort of contract with ASUS to not sell any apps to compete with the Garminfone? I do seem to recall reading something in the past that they were intending to offer Android exclusively to ASUS phones at some point in the future, but I haven't heard anything more since.
With the popularity of free Google Mobile Navigation, especially since it now allows offline navigation and ALK's CoPilot, which is pretty reasonable priced, it sort of baffles me that they don't have a Garmin StreetPilot for Android Phone application yet.
My $0.02... I have StreetPilot on my iPhone. I'm not impressed. If you want a good nav app for a phone - get Navigon (which garmin just bought out by the way...) it's a much better user experience than StreetPilot.
Can you tell me more about why you are not impressed with StreetPilot for iPhone? I have had a StreetPilot 2730 in the past. I now have a Nuvi 500, which my wife uses the most. I currently use both a Nuvifone G60 and a Garminfone and I find them to work quite similar to the Nuvi 500. Is the StreetPilot for iPhone data plan dependent? Will it continue navigating if data is lost?
Schaffhausen, Switzerland and Taipei, Taiwan/October 26, 2010/Business Wire — Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TAIEX: 2357) today announced a strategic decision to alter their current co-branded business model for location-centric mobile handsets. The two companies will not introduce any new co-branded handset models going forward, but will continue to sell and support models that have already been introduced to the market. ASUS will design and manufacture new models of ASUS-branded mobile phones, some of which will include preloaded Garmin navigation and Location Based Service (LBS) applications. Garmin will expand its mobile handset application development and plans to offer navigation and other applications through certain consumer application stores.
Look for the NuviPhones to be added to long list of Garmin's discontinued list soon and Asus to release a Android based phone on it's own with similar software to the NuviPhone (proprietary).
Which could be the reason of no Garmin Android release. Divorces are messy for everyone even business.
Is the StreetPilot for iPhone data plan dependent? Will it continue navigating if data is lost?
Yes and only to the extent of what maps it has cached to answer the questions...
StreetPilot reminds me a lot of my first Nuvi350... while Navigon is the closest to a Nuvi750 or above user experience for me. And Navigon works on my Wifi iPad with my GPS dongle - no data connection needed.
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