Germany based Navigon is leaving the PND market in North America. CEO Egon Minar says that they are downsizing their Chicago office but will still take care of their existing customers with map updates, etc. Apparently they were losing money to more basic, cheaper GPS devices. Instead, they will concentrate on its mobile division by offering its technology to smartphones. They recently signed a deal to equip T-Mobile in Germany, so perhaps they will extend themselves to the states.
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Motorola may not be able to compete with Navigon’s latest PND. The 8100T has a very impressive Panorama View 3D. The system is created out of NASA terrain data with digital elevations. The GPS device has a 4.8-inch touchscreen, a built-in graphics accelerator, r/t traffic, voice address entry, Bluetooth and text-to-speech. The high end 8100T also features Zagat ratings and reviews for some locations and has a MSRP of $599.00. Look for it later this month.
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Reigncom has unveiled their iriver NV mini in Korea. The 4GB PND features a 3.5-inch screen with 320 x 240 resolution, houses Gini map software, has video and audio playback and a photo viewer for times when you are no longer lost. The NV should have about 2 1/2 hours of battery life and supports an external memory of up to 8GB. Displayed at the IFA 2008, the navigational device comes with a MSRP of 188,000 KRW (~$128.00.)
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