Garmin has rolled out an updated version of their Smartphone Link Android app today, bringing three new free features – Garmin Tracker (seen above), dynamic parking and the ability to send addresses direct from the Google Maps application. To get the new functionality, you’ll need to update the app and your firmware.
Also of note is this little gem from the 3590LMT update notes, “Improvements made to Smartphone Link Traffic, and added quicker switching back to the Traffic Cable,” perhaps solving a problem some have been complaining about.
More details below:
Garmin Smartphone Link app update adds Dynamic Parking and Tracker functions
Finding parking spots can be a real hassle, so we’re excited to let you know that we just launched an update for our Smartphone Link app that adds a feature to help you find available parking spots at commercial garages and airports. The new version of Smartphone Link also adds a tracking functionality, so your friends and family can keep track of where you’re headed. Additionally, the update includes the ability to send addresses from Google Maps on your Android phone straight to your nüvi. The new version is available today at no cost in Google Play.
Here’s what’s new for the Smartphone Link app:
This new feature helps you locate parking areas close to your destination. For commercial garages, it also provides you with the number of spots available and the current cost of the parking spot. Covered are 42 major metropolitan areas and 79 airports in North America with details about the garage, including addresses, phone number, capacities, size regulations and prices (early-bird, evening, holiday, specials, etc.).
Garmin Tracker allows you to track the location of your nüvi on the Garmin website or with the Tracker app, so your friends and family can see where you’re headed. It is also possible to send a link via Facebook, Twitter or email to track you as you travel with your nüvi.
Send Google Maps Addresses
Smartphone Link now lets you send locations and addresses from Android’s Google Maps to your nüvi. You can simply click on an address in Google Maps to open a pop-up window that will allow you to send it to your nüvi via Smartphone Link.
Smartphone Link is an app for Android phones to provide live services to nüvi devices, 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 in app purchase options such as Premium Traffic, Fuel Prices, Live Weather and photoLive Traffic Cameras.