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 Samsung Electronics.
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, visit http://www.garmin.com/mobilephones.
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 United Kingdom.