gps

ASUS grab Garmin app exclusive on Android

ASUS has apparently secured exclusive rights to use Garmin's PND software on their Android handsets, promising Garmin branding on the devices themselves.  News of the deal follows confirmation that the Garmin-Asus partnership has been dissolved. As part of that move, ASUS will return to single-branding its devices, and Garmin will be free to distribute its software to other vendors.  The company apparently plans to release Garmin PND apps into Apple's App Store and the BlackBerry App World as free downloads.

T-Mobile’s Comet A Star With Android 2.2

T-Mobile is scheduled to launch Comet with Android 2.2 on November 3. It's going to be the first entry-level smartphone with Android OS that will be available to both prepaid and postpaid customers. Not only will this device feature Android 2.2 OS, but it will have access to thousands of apps through Android Market.

Android Community Week In Review – Week 38 2010

This week was clearly the week of updates for Android devices across all carriers and manufacturers. The Droid X got the much anticipated, although a bit buggy, Froyo 2.2 Upgrade, while other manufacturers were pushing out general updates for their devices. Google’s CEO commented on requiring device makers to have a fresh, non-customized option of Android ready to download if the end-user so chooses. And finally the T-Mobile G2 made was available for pre-order.

Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile GPS Fix Coming in September

The Samsung Galaxy S variant for T-Mobile, the Vibrant, is known to have some issues with its GPS. In fact, it's not the only US-based Galaxy S with the problem. Luckily though, Samsung has admitted to the situation, and have been diligent about getting a fix out the door to alleviate the problem. They've even gone as far as to issue a statement about it, and have promised a software fix by the early weeks of September.

Samsung Hard at Work on GPS Fix for Galaxy S Devices

There's no question that the Galaxy S devices out there in the wild have a GPS situation going on right now. Plenty of folks keep telling us about it, after all. And while it's all well and good for us, and the owners, to know that there's a problem, there's a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from the manufacturing company announcing that they know it exists, and are hard at work on fixing it. That's what Samsung have just announced, thankfully.

X-Wing targeting computer GPS App, sweetest app ever?

I bet almost every one reading this has seen the original Star Wars and recalls the iconic scene where Luke flies down the trench and tries to put a missile up the Death Star's port. The targeting computer does him little good and the Force saves his rear in the end. A geek has created one of the coolest GPS apps ever for Android devices using Adobe AIR and some creativity. The app looks like that targeting computer and your destination is represented as a red mark coming closer on the targeting computer. When you aren’t driving somewhere, the app can also be used as a clock. The downside is you don’t get those pretty arrows you are used to seeing in GPS apps.

General Dynamics GD300 is a Wrist-Mounted GPS Unit that Uses Android

The United States military seems to love Android. We couldn't be happier with the union, truth be told. We know the two entities will go a long way to further each other's lives. We've already seen the results of an application showdown, and now we get to see our first glimpse of a wrist-mounted GPS unit that will allow soldiers out in the field to keep tabs on their unit, as well as up-to-the-minute GPS imagery.

Google Open Spot crowdsources free parking spaces

Google's inveterate tinkerers continue to have their way, with another Googlelabs project breaking cover.  Google Open Spot is billed as a way to alert other Android users to available parking spaces nearby, relying on helpful tagging of free spots which show up on a GPS-led map. The freshness of spaces is indicated with color-coding - red means it's a fresh spot, orange means it's five minutes old, yellow spots are over 10 minutes old, and after 20 minutes they're cleared from the map by default - and only those within around 0.9 miles of your position are displayed.  An Android 2.x app, Open Spot is currently available in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. Unimpressed by Open Spot?  You could always try making your own version; Google pushed out App Inventor this morning, a simple drag & drop way to create your own apps, even if you don't have any coding skills. [Thanks JD!]

Samsung Galaxy Beam: world’s first Android projector phone

Projector phones were supposed to be “the next big thing” in the evolution of cell phones. So far, that hasn’t been the case, there was a non-Android based projector phone released here in the US recently. Needless to say it didn’t do so well as far as sales goes. I personally haven’t seen one in the wild since it was released. Can Samsung break this technology into the mainstream with the Galaxy Beam?
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