Garmin has announced the Garmin GLO, a portable GPS and GLONASS receiver that connects to Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth. The company claims it is the first wireless receiver to feature both GPS and GLONASS capabilities.
While the device can be used by anyone seeking improved reception in challenging locations such as urban canyons, it seems to be heavily targeted to pilots. It will update your position at up to 10 times per second (although the update rate may be limited by the connected Bluetooth device); slow update rates are apparently a significant problem when you’re flying at over a hundred MPH. Some smartphones already include GLONASS capability, but may suffer from a throttled update limit.
The GLO is expected to be available in August at for a $99 MSRP although a GLO for Aviation package is available immediately for $129.
Aviators aren’t a large component of our audience, but how about the rest of you? Anyone else in our readership interested in trying this out?
Here’s the full news release.