Garmin Smartphone Link Helps Android Users Provide Live Services to Their Garmin Nuvi Devices

The folks at Garmin have just announced a new service for Android devices that will allow them to bring Garmin’s live services to their 2012 Bluetooth-enabled Nuvi devices. Smartphone Link utilizes your Android device’s existing connection so you won’t have to purchase a separate wireless plan in order to enable the handful of services available from Garmin.

Those services include Live Traffic ($19.99 per year), PhotoLive Traffic Cameras ($9.99 per year, extension for Live Traffic), Fuel Prices ($9.99 per year) and Advanced Weather ($4.99 per year).

“Garmin Smartphone Link solves the problem of having to pay for an extra data plan to use live services on a PND by utilizing the existing connection of a smartphone,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “It is a great example of how smartphone apps can complement navigation devices, which offer key benefits such as bigger screens and better GPS reception.”

They also mention that most of these units will require a software update to take advantage of the Android application with the exception of the 3590LMT. Read on for full press details.

OLATHE, Kan./January 9, 2012/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the launch of Smartphone Link, the first Android app to provide live services to personal navigation devices (PNDs). Smartphone Link creates a seamless navigation experience between any Bluetooth® enabled 2012 Garmin nüvi and an AndroidTM smartphone allowing them to communicate and share data. Among other functionalities, the app lets nüvi users add live services, such as traffic information, traffic camera images, weather and fuel prices to their navigation device, utilizing the smartphone’s mobile data plan. Garmin Smartphone Link is available at no cost in the Android Market and includes several free live services as well as premium content available through subscriptions.

“Garmin Smartphone Link solves the problem of having to pay for an extra data plan to use live services on a PND by utilizing the existing connection of a smartphone,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “It is a great example of how smartphone apps can complement navigation devices, which offer key benefits such as bigger screens and better GPS reception.”

Free connected services include live weather information and myGarmin™ messaging, which provides update notifications and special offers from Garmin. Premium Live Services include the following:

Live Traffic ($19.99 per year): Garmin Live Traffic provides the best-in-class real-time information to help users navigate in and around congestion. Live Traffic is updated every two minutes and receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle, including details of traffic incidents, road conditions and delays. It covers major highways, interstates and main roads.

photoLive traffic cameras ($9.99 per year): This functionality is an addition to Garmin’s Live Traffic feature and provides drivers the ability to literally see traffic conditions ahead of time. It lets users easily look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to get a glance at traffic and weather conditions. Included are more than 10,000 traffic cameras across the U.S. and Canada that send images every couple of minutes.

Fuel Prices ($9.99 per year): Users can find the best prices for any grade offuel in their area by tapping the screen and selecting a station.

Advanced Weather ($4.99 per year): Get current and 5-day forecasts tailored for major cities in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to what the free weather service provides, Advanced Weather also allows users to receive severe weather alerts and view animated radar images on a map. Colors distinguish types ofprecipitation such as rain, snow and ice, to help you avoid bad driving conditions.

In addition to using Garmin Live Services, Smartphone Link allows the Garmin GPS to share its favorite locations with the phone. And better yet, the app can help users find their way from a parking spot to their destination and back by displaying both on a map.

Garmin Smartphone Link works with all Bluetooth enabled 2012 Garmin PNDs, the nüvi 2475LT, 2495LMT, 2595LMT, 3490LMT and the all-new 3590LMT, the company’s most feature-packed 5” navigator. All of these models require a software update, except the nüvi 3590LMT. Garmin Smartphone Link is available from the Android Market at no cost.To learn more, go to http://sites.garmin.com/smartphonelink.

 

The new nüvi 3590LMT features pinch-to-zoom touchscreen interaction, automatic dual-screen orientation andGarmin’s most advanced ensemble of mapping and navigation features available: Guidance 3.0, free lifetime digital 3D traffic updates[1] from the HD Radio System, voice-activated navigation, free lifetime map updates[2], lane assist with photoReal junction view (a Garmin exclusive), Bird’s Eye junction view, 3-D landmarks and terrain views, and exit services, among many other functions. The premium PND is expected to be available in spring 2012. For more information about individual nüvi models, features and pricing, visit http://www.garmin.com/move.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VXSJ6KM5EW7E3R7VWWJO3Z424I Mark

    Kind of lame in my opinion. There are free traffic apps, free weather apps, free find gas apps. Why should I pay an additional $35/month for these services?

    • dbcad7

      What this does.. Is allow you to link up your existing phone to the Garmin GPS .. your already paying the $35 a month.. you may or may not already have a Garmin GPS,, the extra costs listed are “yearly” for the ability to link the two together., may be useful to some who may prefer the Garmin GPS to their phone.

  • DavidVarghese

    LOL! Remember the last Garmin phone that came out? Epic fail.

  • Michael Quinlan

    TomTom offered this capability on some of their devices YEARS ago,  They have since replaced it with devices that get their own connection without the use of a cell phone.  Way to keep up, Garmin.

    BTW, any word on how carriers feel about this fitting into their terms of service?

  • Jalan94

    You guys are missing the boat on the real power of this Smartlink App from Garmin. Why Garmin left these capabilities undocumented and largely unadvertised are beyond me. Learn more here:  
    http://jkcarp.blogspot.com/2012/01/garmin-smartphone-link-revolutionary.html

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