|[February 23, 2014]
Garmin® Announces Premium Navigation App for Xperia™ Smartphones
OLATHE, Kan. --(Business Wire)--
Garmin (News - Alert)® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:
GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new
navigation app for Xperia™ smartphones1 with an extension for
Sony SmartWatch 2. The Garmin Xperia Edition features signature Garmin
navigation features, helping drivers to reduce stress and save time on
the road. Premium features include onboard maps, lane guidance, speed
warnings, lifetime traffic2, social media integration, and
more. The new app seamlessly integrates with Sony SmartWatch 2 to
display walking directions, providing users navigation information right
on their wrist and without having to hold a phone.
Garmin Xperia Edition seamlessly integrates with Sony SmartWatch 2 to display walking directions. (Photo: Business Wire)
"We're thrilled to bring Garmin's premium navigation features to Xperia
smartphones," said Joern Watzke, vice president world-wide mobile
business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH. "Garmin Xperia Edition
boasts a comprehensive navigation feature set not available from other
apps. The unique integration with Sony SmartWatch 2 provides users a
seamless experience that extends smartphone navigation in the car to
displaying pedestrian directions on the user's wrist."
Sony SmartWatch 2 Integration for Pedestrian Directions
Garmin will offer an app extension3 for the SmartWatch 2 in
Google Play. The app extension allows the SmartWatch 2 to receive
navigation information via Bluetooth® from an Android (News - Alert)TM
smartphone running the Garmin Xperia Edition or the NAVIGON
Android app. The SmartWatch 2 extension displays a detailed map,
making it convenient to navigate on foot. Users can see their current
position as well as their route. A zoom function can be controlled with
a simple button-press on the watch to take a closer look at the map or
Premium Navigation from Garmin
Garmin Xperia Edition features onboard maps stored locally on the
smartphone, so users can navigate even in areas where cell phone
coverage is spotty, such as when traveling in the backcountry. Garmin
Xperia Edition offers multiple options to search for points of interest
or addresses, all integrated into one easy-to-use interface. The app
combines an onboard database with other sources such as Local Search,
Wikipedia, Foursquare (News - Alert), or addresses from the user's phone contacts. With
the Reality Scanner function, users can even display nearby points of
interest in a live camera view. The app also features a Trip Editor to
plan trips with multiple destinations in advance. Additionally, users
can share travels with friends and family via Glympse.
On the road, Garmin's advanced features assist drivers like no other
navigation app. The Active Lane Guidance feature displays an animated
graphic next to the map view that uses brightly colored arrows to
indicate the proper lane needed to make a turn. The app automatically
warns users when they exceed the speed limit (customizable in te
settings) and shows realistic images of junctions and exits. True 3D
in-map views obtained from NASA's height and terrain data provide
intuitive visual orientation; and Live Weather displays real-time
information on weather conditions.
With Traffic Live users get routed around gridlock, and once they arrive
at their destination, Clever Parking provides information on nearby
garages. Urban Guidance integrates public transportation, complete with
detailed itineraries of transit stops. The Last Mile function
automatically saves the position of the parked car and switches into
pedestrian mode to provide walking directions. The feature also shows a
Google (News - Alert) StreetView image of the destination for better orientation. Since
the car's position is saved, the app can easily guide drivers back to
their car at any time.
Garmin HUD Support
Garmin Xperia Edition is compatible with the Garmin
HUD. HUD is an innovative new way of viewing navigation information
in the car, projecting crisp and bright directions onto a transparent
film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. By providing
comprehensive road guidance at a glance and right within the driver's
line of sight, HUD can help increase safety and reduce driver
Pricing and Availability
Both Garmin Xperia Edition and its extension for the SmartWatch 2 are
expected to become available in March 2014.
Garmin Xperia Edition will be available free for the first 30 days with
access to all premium navigation features. After this trial period, the
app provides free access to a map viewer as well as pedestrian
navigation. Users can purchase a monthly subscription for $2.95 to gain
access to the complete feature set or choose between different one-time
in app purchase options.
Garmin Xperia Edition is the latest navigation product from
Garmin's consumer automotive segment, the leading worldwide provider of
mobile navigation solutions for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks.
Garmin's user-friendly personal navigation devices and apps have
innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet
the demands of everyday driving.
About Garmin International (News - Alert) 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. A component of the S&P 500 index, 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. Garmin is a
registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.
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"Xperia" is a registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications. All
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Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd.
and its business. Such statements are based on management's current
expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in
this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as
a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting
Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013, filed
by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file
number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.
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statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin
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future events, or otherwise.
1Compatible with Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.0.4 or
2Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin
traffic receiver or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its
traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. A traffic receiver's "useful
life" means the period during which the receiver (a) has the required
technical capabilities to utilize current traffic data service and (b)
is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. Traffic
content not available in all areas.
3The SmartWatch 2 app extension is an extra purchase. Pricing
is not available yet.
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