Jaust like they did with stand alone MP3 music players and digital still cameras, mobile phones are now starting to move into GPS navigation device market.
We already have GPS enabled Samsung i550, Nokia has N95, Nokia 6110 Navigator and even it’s own mapping software, HP has just enetered the field with it’s GPS iPAQ 610/614, iPAQ 910/914 handhelds and even stand alone GPS navigator/multimedia player HP iPAQ 310/314.
So what stand alone GPS navigator makers like TomTom and Garmin are going to do about it?
Well, they decided to stand up and fight by making their own GPS enabled smartphones. Looks like that’s what they are working on right now. And they have already enlisted the help of Inventec Appliances, Quanta Computer and Compal Communications to produce them.
These new TomTom and Garmin GPS PDA phones may be launched already this year.
At least that’s what Taiwanese DigiTimes, which has a pretty good inside leads with various electronics contract manufacturers, is reporting.
Sounds interesting. I wonder what a smartphone from a navigation equipment specialist will look like.
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