GPS Blackberry 8820

Saturday, 29 March 2008

2008-03-29_blackberry_8820_edge_eng_frontnoshadow_small.jpgA stylish GPS-Blackberry 8820 – from the press release, 24 March 2008:

“T-Mobile USA and Research In Motion (RIM) … announced the national availability of the BlackBerry 8820 smartphone, featuring built-in GPS… Available in a sophisticated midnight blue finish, the BlackBerry 8820 is RIM’s thinnest BlackBerry smartphone.

The stylishly professional BlackBerry 8820 helps people stay connected to business associates, colleagues, family and friends by offering Wi-Fi connectivity for voice and data, access to location-based applications and services, and a superior mobile experience for personal and corporate e-mail.”

http://www.rim.com/news/press/2008/pr-24_03_2008-01.shtml

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Black N82 arriving

Friday, 21 March 2008

n82_01d_lowres_2008-03-21.jpgThe Nokia N82 is a true travel companion. From the data sheet (PDF):

Photo and Video

  • 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus with a dedicated autofocus assist lamp, and MPEG-4 VGA video capture of up to 30 frames per second with video stabilization
  • High speed camera performance
  • One-click photo and video uploading from gallery to compatible online albums or blogs with Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Easy playback of recorded videos and photos on compatible TV using TV out cable or Wi-Fi/UPnP
  • Geotagging: adds location information to images when they are captured

Navigation

  • Built-in GPS: Nokia Maps with integrated GPS, Assisted GPS (A-GPS) support
  • All standard Nokia N82 Black sales packages will come with some local maps preloaded to the memory card
  • All standard Nokia N82 Black sales packages will have a minimum 3 day free navigation trial
  • Maps data available for over 150 countries, navigation supported for over 30 countries, 15 million location highlights

And it has a barcode scanner for mobile tagging.


Facts: 900 Million Units

Sunday, 2 March 2008

ABIresearch announced on 16 January 2008 the study “Global Navigation Satellite Positioning Solutions

“The GPS modernization project and the arrival of additional Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou/Compass will increase the availability, reliability, and precision of satellite positioning and stimulate the location ecosystem, expanding the market to more than 900 million units by 2013.

‘Personal Navigation Devices for in-car use will be increasingly complemented by converged solutions based on GPS-enabled handsets for pedestrian navigation and Location Based Services,’ says ABI Research principal analyst Dominique Bonte. ‘However, GNSS technologies will have to be combined with other positioning solutions such as A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and dead reckoning to address the indoor coverage issue. Dedicated GPS devices will remain the preferred option for specific applications and environments such as outdoors, marine, recreational aviation, and tracking of people and animals.

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Advances in GPS chipset development will enable the integration of GPS technology in all mobile devices at low cost by 2013. This will drive new applications such as the automatic geo-tagging of pictures taken with digital cameras. Other innovative applications include road toll systems and tourism. Mobile location-based social networking features will be an important driver for the uptake of GPS devices and applications in the consumer market.”

http://www.abiresearch.com/abiprdisplay.jsp?pressid=1039