Garmin® nüvifone ™ Takes Personal Navigation and Communication to the Next Level
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the
world’s leading GPS manufacturer, today announced its entrance into the
mobile phone market with the nüvifone, an all-in-one, sleek and slim,
touchscreen device that combines a premium phone, mobile web-browser,
and cutting-edge personal navigator. The nüvifone is a work of art in
features, design and functionality and is destined to transform how
individuals connect, communicate and navigate their life.
“The nüvifone is an all-in-one device offering unmatched integration of
utility and function in a single mobile device,” said Cliff Pemble,
Garmin’s president and COO. “This is the breakthrough product that cell
phone and GPS users around the world have been longing for – a single
device that does it all.”
The nüvifone is an innovative mobile phone that has a wide range of
advanced yet easy-to-use features. The all touchscreen device is the
first of its kind to integrate premium 3.5G mobile phone capability with
an internet browser, data connectivity, personal messaging, and personal
navigation functions in one device. When powered on, the 3.5-inch
touchscreen display reveals three primary icons – “Call,” “Search,” and
“View Map” which allow the user to effortlessly master the nüvifone’s
The nüvifone is the ultimate multi-tasker. Calls are easily initiated by
tapping the “Call” button and selecting a name from the contact list or
by using the on-screen keypad. When the user is trying to juggle talking
on their phone while entering their vehicle to start a trip, the
nüvifone makes the transition simple. When the nüvifone is docked onto
the vehicle mount, it automatically turns on the GPS, activates the
navigation menu, and enables hands-free calling so that the user never
misses a beat in the conversation and is able to begin routing to their
destination with ease.
Customers familiar with Garmin’s industry leading nüvi® product line
will feel right at home using the nüvifone’s personal navigation
features. It includes preloaded maps of North America, Eastern and
Western Europe, or both, and allows drivers to quickly find a specific
street address, establishment’s name or search for a destination by
category using the nüvifone’s built-in database with millions of points
of interest. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide the user to
their destination. If they miss a turn along the route, nüvifone
automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track, speaking
the names of the streets along the way.
The nüvifone is Garmin’s first device to include Google local search
capability, which harnesses the vast point of interest information
available from the world wide web. Nüvifone users can search for
locations like “coffee shops” and Google will sort the results based on
the user’s current location and relevance. Information provided by
Google includes a web-based rating so that users can select the most
appropriate destination and route directly to it. In addition, the
nüvifone includes a web browser incorporating premium features and
touchscreen operation for an optimum mobile browsing experience. The
nüvifone also includes personal messaging functions, including email,
text, and instant messaging.
For the ultimate in safety, the “Where am I?” feature lets users touch
the screen at any time to display the exact latitude and longitude
coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest
hospitals, police stations and gas stations. The nüvifone also helps
drivers find their car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot by
automatically marking the position in which it was last removed from the
In addition to navigation, the nüvifone includes access to Garmin
OnlineTM, an online service offering constantly-updating information
such as real-time traffic, fuel prices, stock prices, sport scores, news
reports, local events and weather forecasts.
The nüvifone also includes numerous mobile entertainment applications.
The built-in camera allows individuals to take a picture that will
automatically be tagged with the exact latitude and longitude reference
of where the image was taken. The user may then save the image so they
can navigate back to the location, or email the image to a recipient who
can navigate directly to the location. The nüvifone also provides direct
access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs
available through Google’s Panoramio picture sharing site. The Panoramio
photo search feature enhances the enjoyment and adventure of sightseeing
in an otherwise unfamiliar location. Other multimedia functions of the
nüvifone include a built-in video camera, MP3 and MPEG4/AAC.
Garmin anticipates that the nüvifone will be available in the third
quarter of 2008. Specific details about pricing and sales partners will
be announced in the future. Additional information about nüvifone is
available at www.garmin.com/nuvifone.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN)
group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation,
communication and information devices – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS
markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation,
automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated
in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the
United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information,
visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and
nüvi are registered trademarks and nüvifone and Garmin Online are
trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product
availability dates are based on management’s current expectations and
are not guaranteed.
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