Monday, 6 August 2007

NEWS: Magellan hints at big things for new GPS handhelds

Magellan says it “will announce partnerships that will change the landscape of the handheld GPS category” at the OutdoorRetailer show that starts tomorrow. With a blizzard of new patents being filed in the last few months, including (though we daren't hope for this yet) real-photography directions, the sense of expectation is high. It all hinges on who those "partners" might be. It could be a technological partner, offering bigger PDA-style colour screens and the processing power to handle more detailed topographic mapping; it could be the Ordnance Survey, bringing full Explorer-quality mapping to your next eXplorist; or they could mean a tie-up with a data partner like the AA, adding guidebook-style information about pubs, camp sites and even routes. Fingers crossed for all three...

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