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Garmin® Provides More Free Geocaching Options with OpenCaching App

29 April 2011 @ 10:43 AM  / Outdoor/Fitness /


OpenCaching-logo-stacked OLATHE, Kan./April 29, 2011/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the release of OpenCaching, the official geocaching app for OpenCaching.com for iPhone® and Android™ devices. OpenCaching provides a free, simple and mobile option for geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt popular around the world, where participants of all ages explore the outdoors, hiding and finding containers of various shapes and sizes.

“Garmin’s free OpenCaching app is yet another exciting way to grow the geocaching community and give cachers the information they need when they’re on the go,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “This mobile option lets cachers find the newest and nearest geocaches wherever they may be, and just as with OpenCaching.com, we look forward to the app’s continuous evolution as we implement feedback and suggestions from cachers themselves.”

 

Designed to complement www.OpenCaching.com, Garmin’s free online community for creating, sharing and finding geocaches around the world, the OpenCaching app allows users to search and filter for caches right from their smartphone – all without any membership fees or subscriptions. Along with the ability for users to access their accounts, log their new finds and see caches via street maps or satellite view – and with full cache descriptions, hints and logs – OpenCaching for iPhone allows users to share their favorite caches with friends via email, and Android users can share using Twitter, Facebook and other favorite social networks. With its easy to use interface and similar functionality to the web-based version for computers, OpenCaching has a place in any app collection – from vacationing families looking for a fun way to see the sights, to the expert geocacher ready to explore.

 

Thanks to peer review and community ratings – which rate the “Awesomeness” of your cache through OpenCaching.com’s handy bull’s-eye system – geocachers will know exactly what to expect before heading out for their next adventure. In addition to Awesomeness, each cache gets rated on its size, ruggedness of terrain and difficulty to find. Together, these four elements make up a virtual bull’s-eye that allows users to determine, via one quick glance, if a cache is right for them.

 

These apps are currently available at no charge. Garmin OpenCaching is in the App Store on iPhone or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garmin-opencaching/id429776248?mt=8&ls=1# and OpenCaching can be found in the Android Market Place or at http://market.android.com/details?id=com.garmin.android.apps.opencache. And cachers are always encouraged to join the fun online and check out what’s new at OpenCaching.com, which is constantly evolving through community feedback.

 

Since its inception in 1989, Garmin has delivered 82 million GPS enabled devices – far more than any other navigation provider – making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about OpenCaching.com and geocaching in general, go to www.opencaching.com, www.garmin.com/geocache, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/OpenCache.

 

About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.  

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Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2010, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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