Garmin announced today that it is entering the mobile phone market.
Garmin's no stranger to technology. They've been producing GPS systems since 1989.
"What began as a brainstorming session of a handful of engineers around a card table in 1989 has evolved into a worldwide collaborative effort of thousands of colleagues," the company's Web site states.
The company's goal squarely puts cell phones into its domain.
"To create navigation and communication devices that can enrich our customers’ lives," it continues on its Web site.
With GPS devices that range from Garmin zÅ«mo 450 GPS Receiver (rated 95 at wize.com) to the Garmin nuvi 670 GPS Receiver (rated 93), it's no wonder that they're making a GPS-enabled cell phone. The phone, coined Nuvifone, is a touchscreen device that combines a phone, mobile Web-browser, and GPS navigator. The Nuvifone includes Google's local search capability, a feature that lets users search for locations and where Google sorts out the results based on the user’s current location. The phone will be available later this year.