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Sales of GPS Smartphones to Reach 77 Million in 2009

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:17 am    Post subject: Sales of GPS Smartphones to Reach 77 Million in 2009 Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comAccording to research from the Strategy Analytics Navigation Location Opportunities Service, GPS smartphone shipments are predicted to grow at a healthy 34 percent in 2009 despite the hard economic times.

There were 57 million units sold worldwide in 2008 and 77 million unit sales are expected in 2009. However, the rise in this sector does come at a cost to the sales of traditional dedicated satnav devices.

Improved mobile navigation services and the presence of mapping applications available from major vendors such as Apple, Blackberry and Nokia are increasingly stimulating the GPS smartphone sector.

Strategy Analytics report that handsets with GPS reached 15% of all shipments worldwide last year and expect that figure to reach 21% by the end of 2009.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:12 am    Post subject: Beware of time limits on upgrades to maps Reply with quote

New users of Mobile telephones used as Sat Nav devices should be aware of my experience. I bought an expensive O2 XdaIIs a few years ago which I use with TomTom Navigator 6, a Bluetooth GPS receiver that transmits to the mobile telephone in my car.
TomTom have introduced Navigator 7 with updated maps. Navigator 7 will not work on my XdaIIs. So I cannot download the latest maps.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nokia N97. BEWARE of Maps v3. There appear to be issues with this, with constant loss of GPS, and route directions being "out" by 600ft.

Maps v2 work perfect however.

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