International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new navigation app for Xperia™ smartphones
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 traffic
, 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.
Garmin Xperia Edition seamlessly integrates with Sony SmartWatch 2 to display walking directions. (Photo: Business Wire)
“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 Xperia
Edition 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 extension
for the SmartWatch 2 in Google Play. The app extension allows the SmartWatch 2 to receive navigation information via Bluetooth® from an Android
smartphone running the Garmin Xperia Edition or the
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 Xperia Edition 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.