Garmin® Provides Navigator for Samsung Mobile Phones
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the
global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that select
Samsung mobile phones will have the benefit of Garmin’s intuitive
turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation directly on the phone. Samsung
Mobile Navigator by Garmin is based on the popular Garmin Mobile™ XT
navigation software, and Samsung phones with this navigation capability
are expected to be available in Europe and other parts of the world in
several months. Garmin will display the Samsung i780 and other examples
of its mobile phone navigation solutions April 1-3, 2008, at the CTIA
Wireless trade show in Las Vegas.
“Garmin is pleased to offer Samsung users a rich navigation experience
with the same intuitive user interface found on other Garmin personal
navigation devices,” said Roger Jollis, Garmin’s director of OEM &
mobile marketing. “Garmin’s on-board and off-board phone navigation
solutions are now available on over 500 different handsets, including
Samsung mobile phones.”
“We are pleased to provide Garmin’s advanced navigation feature on
Samsung’s i780 and other Windows Mobile based smartphones recently
introduced to the European market. As navigation features become rapidly
popular among various mobile features, Samsung is continuously investing
to provide the best of experience to our consumers,” said YongBae Lee,
vice president of mobile communication division, Samsung Electronics, of
Marketed in major European countries, the Samsung i780 has a sleek
design packed with the latest in business and consumer features
including global positioning system (GPS) navigation, fast HSDPA and
EDGE connectivity, Bluetooth, 802.11b and g wireless capabilities, full
touch screen with stylus, QWERTY key pad, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0
Professional operating system, 2.0-megapixel camera and front camera for
video calls. The i780 also delivers full Internet browsing, MP3 music
and FM radio.
The Garmin navigation software is on a plug-and-play microSD card, and
once a customer loads the card into the phone, the software
automatically installs. Customers may then use their phone to receive
voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to their destination. A 3D
moving map on the phone’s display shows the user exactly where they are,
and if a turn is missed along the way, Samsung Mobile Navigator by
Garmin automatically calculates a new route. Users may key in a specific
street address or search millions of points of interest (POI) – places
like hotels, restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions. Customers
can also dial the POI’s phone number automatically – for reservations,
hours of operation, or other information.
Those using Samsung Mobile Navigator by Garmin also have access to
Garmin Online™, a free and subscription based online service that offers
dynamic content such as traffic, weather forecasts and safety cameras.
Garmin Online content varies by region.
For additional information about Garmin’s mobile navigation technology,
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN),
the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of
companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation,
communication and information devices and applications – most of which
are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive,
mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM
applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its
principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the
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