T-Mobile’s launch date for Garmin’s first Android OS device has been officially announced: June 9. The Garminfone is going to come with a suite of navigation software, and also a range of communication and entertainment applications.
Win a Garminfone
T-Mobile is holding a Twitter-related contest with five Garminfones as the prizes. To enter, Twitter users must follow @TMobile_USA and are encouraged to tweet their most interesting story about getting lost without a GPS device. Entries must use the hashtag #needgarminfone.
The deadline for entries is June 9, and official rules are on T-Mobile’s Facebook site.
Overview of the Garminfone
The smartphone will give users driving, walking and public transportation navigation with voice and onscreen directions and automatic re-routing. Users will be able to locate an address by clicking it from a text message, email, contact, calendar appointment or web page.
Applications for real-time traffic, weather local events, movie listings and gas prices will be pre-installed, and the device will also remember where the user’s car is parked.
It’s going to be the first to feature Garmin Voice Studio, an Android application that allows customers to record and share custom voice directions from family and friends.
Its 3-megapixel camera with auto-focus is going to automatically geotag images, and the smartphone will offer overlapping positioning technologies: GPS and cell tower location.
The phone will also come with a window and dashboard mount (shown here), allowing users navigate and charge the phone’s battery simultaneously.
As the Garminfone will run the Android OS, it will go beyond just mapping and navigation, and come with a suite of communication, entertainment and productivity software. It is going to include Google Search by voice, a YouTube player, support for Microsoft Exchange email, contacts and calendar, software for social networking and instant messaging, and an advanced music player.
The smartphone’s advanced web browser and other Internet-related software will take advantage of T-Mobile’s 3G network as well as Wi-Fi hotspots.
In addition, it will give users access to the Android Market, which has nearly 40,000 apps and ringtones, among other items.