Sunday, March 18, 2012

CES 2013 news briefs

Garmin K2 infotainment

The Garmin K2 infotainment platform could bring their glass cockpit tech to your car

Ah, new years. It can only mean one thing – the Consumer Electronics Show deluging us with shiny shiny. Here’s a roundup of items that didn’t get their own post, but are GPS/location related:


New Garmin units get shipping dates

Garmin CES 2013 releases

New Garmin models announced at CES 2013

Well, estimated shipping dates anyway. GPS City has posted pages for all the new units and here are the dates: read more

Garmin Oregon 600 series gets GLONASS, customizable buttons, 8MP camera, battery options & multi-touch display

Garmin Oregon 650t

The newly announced Garmin Oregon 650t

UPDATERead our hands on Garmin Oregon 650 review.

As we predicted, Garmin is updating their Oregon handheld line by adding GLONASS capabilities. But they didn’t stop there; the newest Oregons have a bevy of new features and improvements. Read on for the details. read more

Magellan SmartGPS brings connectivity via your smartphone

Magellan SmartGPS

Magellan SmartGPS with a couple of “squares” showing

UPDATE: Read my hands on Magellan SmartGPS review.

It’s no secret that GPS manufacturers are trying to figure out how to respond to the threat of smartphones. One way is to embrace them, giving us a large screen navigation device while using the smartphone for connectivity. We saw that last year with Garmin’s Smartphone Link app, which unfortunately remains Android only, leaving iPhone users out in the cold. Today Magellan has stepped into the fray with the Magellan SmartGPS, which can utilize a free companion iOS and Android app to bring all sorts of info to this 5″ navigator. The app will also allow for advanced route planning from your smartphone or tablet. read more

Garmin nuvi 2013 line brings 7″ screens, Real Directions, active lane guidance & voice-activated traffic

Garmin nüvi Advanced Series Up Ahead

Garmin nüvi Advanced Series showing new slide-in Up Ahead feature

UPDATE: Read my hands on reviews of the Garmin nuvi 52LM, 2597LMT2797LMT and 3597LMTHD.

Garmin is announcing their 2013 nuvi series today, with new additions to their Essential, Advanced and Prestige series. New to the nuvi line is a high-end unit with a magnetic mount, a couple of  7″ models, interface changes and new features including Real Directions, active lane guidance, and voice-activated traffic. Read on for more details… read more

Connected Garmin Edge 510 & 810 for cyclists announced

Garmin Edge 510 810

Garmin Edge 810 and 510 GPS cyclometers

Garmin has announced two new cycling devices, the Edge 510 and Edge 810, featuring real-time connectivity for live tracking, social media sharing and weather updates. Also announced this morning was the new Garmin Connect mobile app. read more