An Android-based Garmin nuvi
It turns out that there’s an Android-based Garmin nuvi available right now — if you live in Singapore or Malaysia. But this may be a hint of things to come for other markets too, so let’s take a look.
The nuvi 3592LM is a pretty robust device, running Android 4.0 (which is considerably newer than the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 GPS-PAD we looked at yesterday). It includes access to the Google Play app store, WiFi connectivity, a video and music player, and a slew of options including a driving recorder with companion VIRB-like software, rear-view camera, and a split-screen view for those front and rear cameras. Here’s an interesting note — since this thing has access to Google Play, it can run Google Maps.
Coming to the US?
I’d be shocked to see the entire nuvi line switch to Android in 2014, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it come to next year’s top-of-the-line nuvi, which should be announced at CES come January. As far as features for a US device go, access to the Google Play market, an audio player and optional backup camera seem more likely than a driving recorder and video player. Only time will tell.
Here’s a Garmin promo video for the 3592LM…