No one expected this. Today in New York, Garmin, the name synonymous with GPS and personal navigation announced a full-fledged smartphone with the capabilities so many people have been pining for, GPS. The HSDPA enabled smartphone operates on it’s own operating system with e-mail, web browsing, and camera functionality.
It’s too soon to say which carrier this will be on (we, like others predict AT&T), but we do know it will feature the following:
- Google local search
- Garmin Online services – traffic, weather, fuel prices, hotel discounts, etc.
- nuvi-like navigation on the road or in pedestrian mode
- Email, text, IM functions
- Camera, video camera, MP3 and MPEG4/AAC
More images after the jump.
What this means to you: Look for the Garmin nüvifone to release in the 3rd quarter of 2008 and we guarantee those iPhone owners out there are doing second-takes – right – about – now.
Cost: TBD @ Garmin