Vodafone closes Wayfinder after US$30M deal

Vodafone is to close its navigation business, Wayfinder, less than 18 months after acquiring the Swedish firm for US$30 million. Reuters notes that the offering could not compete with free services provided by Google and Nokia.

Google’s Near Me Now works in the Android and iPhone web browsers

Google has now enabled “Near Me Now” on the iPhone and Android web browsers, whereas before it only worked in the Google Maps application. The usage model is simple enough, just type in google.com, click on “Near Me Now” and then look at what’s around you.

Google Offers New Model for Consumers to Buy a Mobile Phone

Google Inc. today unveiled a new way for consumers to purchase an Android mobile phone, a web store hosted by Google. The company is also launching the first phone offered through this new model, called the Nexus One, which combines the latest in hardware from HTC Corporation with the newest Android software.

Will mobile navigation spell doom for PNDs? By Sarah Reedy for Telephony Online

When Google released its Google Maps Navigation application for Android, featuring turn-by-turn directions, live traffic updates and voice control, the stocks of portable navigation device–makers and GPS competitors took a sizable hit.

Garmin nuvi 1690 PND outed: EDGE, Bluetooth and new “nuinfo” connected services

Details of the upcoming Garmin nuvi 1690 connected PND are quietly being outed, courtesy of both the FCC and the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Samsung Digital Imaging introduces the digital compact camera ST1000 with geo-tagging, wi-fi, dlna and bluetooth

Samsung Digital Imaging today unveiled the ST1000 camera with never before seen built-in geo-tagging, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity. Offering consumers an ‘always on’ experience, users can now send and post pictures almost as quickly as they take them, whilst the GPS capabilities will keep track of exactly where each picture was shot.

Cliptoo combines content and location based services

Cliptoo is a web 2.0 mobile & internet service based on Google maps for creating, sharing, broadcasting and connecting to location based information. The service supports online area marketing of regions, cities, thematic initiatives as well as online publishers.

‘Augmented Reality’ Is Also A Form Of Search

We’re really just at the beginning of the era of “mobile search.” Even what we think of as “search” will be dramatically altered by innovations in mobile. In this first phase the transfer of what might be called the “query box” (and related links) into mobile is complete. In time, however, we many even come to see that image — the white box with the search button to the right — as a kind of metaphor for something more intangible (i.e., directed intent) that can be fulfilled in a variety of ways.

Five Trailblazing Augmented Reality Navigation Apps

Augmented Reality is coming soon to a life near you, thanks to the latest crop of sensor-equipped smartphones. Navigation is, perhaps, the most natural fit between AR and useful technology. Simply put, when you’re going somewhere, you need to know both where you are and where you’re going. You often need both pieces of information when you’re someplace unfamiliar and don’t know quite what your destination looks like.

First Ordnance Survey Maps for the iPhone

RouteBuddy Ltd and Ordnance Survey are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first Ordnance Survey maps compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch.