Garmin introduces Foursquare and Glympse Integration for Mobile Navigation Apps

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced the latest updates of its mobile navigation apps Garmin StreetPilot and Navigon for Europe. The updates include social media capabilities and integrate popular social media networks like Foursquare and Glympse.
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This will allow users to check in at various destinations, benefit from personalized POI suggestions and enables them to share their position with friends while the route guidance is active.  The updates are available now at the App Store (Garmin StreetPilot 2.3 and Navigon 2.3 for iOS) and in Google Play (Navigon 4.7.0). Also available now are the iPhone 5 Cradle and the iPhone 5 Designer Car Kit.  In combination with the Garmin StreetPilot or Navigon app these accessories turn your iPhone to a fully featured navigation system.

Joern Watzke, Vice President of worldwide mobile phone business at Garmin says: “Social media integration of services such as Foursquare and Glympse are a great addition to our navigation apps. It allows our users to stay connected with friends and family and offers real-time access to points of interest and special deals.”

Fouresquare: The integrated foursquare capability will allow users to easily display locations from this network on the map and check in upon arrival at their destination. Furthermore users will benefit from a massive and most up-to-date POI database. Information about trendy venues nearby or special discounts around your location will be displayed. When associating the app to the personal Foursquare account, personalized POI suggestions will be provided based on the individual check-in behavior.

Glympse: This functionality allows users to share their position and destination with friends, family or business partners across all smartphone platforms or via web browser. The recipients can be informed via SMS or e-mail and can then easily track the route for a dedicated time period. Invited persons do not need a special application to view a Glympse. All they need to have is a web browser. After starting the navigation Garmin StreetPilot and Navigon app users receive easy access to the feature through the Glympse icon and can share their position with durations between one minute and four hours.

Christmas & New Year discounts: During the Christmas & New Year period (18.12.12 – 06.01.13) Garmin offers a 25% discount on both mobile navigation apps (Garmin StreetPilot and Navigon) at the App Store and Google Market Place. A 35% discount on the in-app purchases TrafficLive, Cockpit and Panorama View 3D is offered during the same time period.

 

New Accessories

iPhone 5 Designer Car Kit: For consumers who have upgraded their iPhone 5 to a navigation device with Garmin Streetpilot or Navigon app. This new car kit will transform their iPhone into a small car navigator.  The accessory includes the iPhone cradle with dual orientation views, a designer suction cup mount and a 2 USB soccet. Available at a RRP of € 29,99.

iPhone 5 Cradle: This accessory will upgrade a iPhone 4 car kit for use with iPhone 5. This holding device, when used with the Designer Car Holder (not included), will keep iPhone 5 safely in place in either portrait or landscape format. Available at a RRP of € 12,99.

 

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 Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200.

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