Today, we announced a new navigation app for Xperia™ smartphones1 with an extension for Sony SmartWatch 2. The Garmin Xperia Edition features signature Garmin navigation features, helping drivers to reduce stress and save time on the road. Premium features include onboard maps, lane guidance, speed warnings, lifetime traffic2, social media integration, and more. The new app seamlessly integrates with Sony SmartWatch 2 to display walking directions, providing users navigation information right on their wrist and without having to hold a phone.
“We’re thrilled to bring Garmin’s premium navigation features to Xperia smartphones,” said Joern Watzke, vice president world-wide mobile business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH. “Garmin XperiaEdition boasts a comprehensive navigation feature set not available from other apps. The unique integration with Sony SmartWatch 2 provides users a seamless experience that extends smartphone navigation in the car to displaying pedestrian directions on the user’s wrist.”
Sony SmartWatch 2 Integration for Pedestrian Directions
Garmin will offer an app extension3 for the SmartWatch 2 in Google Play. The app extension allows the SmartWatch 2 to receive navigation information via Bluetooth® from an AndroidTM smartphone running the Garmin Xperia Edition or the NAVIGON Android app. The SmartWatch 2 extension displays a detailed map, making it convenient to navigate on foot. Users can see their current position as well as their route. A zoom function can be controlled with a simple button-press on the watch to take a closer look at the map or route.
Premium Navigation from Garmin
Garmin Xperia Edition features onboard maps stored locally on the smartphone, so users can navigate even in areas where cell phone coverage is spotty, such as when traveling in the backcountry. Garmin XperiaEdition offers multiple options to search for points of interest or addresses, all integrated into one easy-to-use interface. The app combines an onboard database with other sources such as Local Search, Wikipedia, Foursquare, or addresses from the user’s phone contacts. With the Reality Scanner function, users can even display nearby points of interest in a live camera view. The app also features a Trip Editor to plan trips with multiple destinations in advance. Additionally, users can share travels with friends and family via Glympse.
On the road, Garmin’s advanced features assist drivers like no other navigation app. The Active Lane Guidance feature displays an animated graphic next to the map view that uses brightly colored arrows to indicate the proper lane needed to make a turn. The app automatically warns users when they exceed the speed limit (customizable in the settings) and shows realistic images of junctions and exits. True 3D in-map views obtained from NASA’s height and terrain data provide intuitive visual orientation; and Live Weather displays real-time information on weather conditions.
With Traffic Live users get routed around gridlock, and once they arrive at their destination, Clever Parking provides information on nearby garages. Urban Guidance integrates public transportation, complete with detailed itineraries of transit stops. The Last Mile function automatically saves the position of the parked car and switches into pedestrian mode to provide walking directions. The feature also shows a Google StreetView image of the destination for better orientation. Since the car’s position is saved, the app can easily guide drivers back to their car at any time.
Garmin HUD Support
Garmin Xperia Edition is compatible with the Garmin HUD. HUD is an innovative new way of viewing navigation information in the car, projecting crisp and bright directions onto a transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens. By providing comprehensive road guidance at a glance and right within the driver’s line of sight, HUD can help increase safety and reduce driver distraction.
Pricing and Availability
Both Garmin Xperia Edition and its extension for the SmartWatch 2 are expected to become available in March 2014.
Garmin Xperia Edition will be available free for the first 30 days with access to all premium navigation features. After this trial period, the app provides free access to a map viewer as well as pedestrian navigation. Users can purchase a monthly subscription for $2.95 to gain access to the complete feature set or choose between different one-time in app purchase options.