Magellan SmartGPS Now Available Nationwide at Best Buy

Magellan SmartGPS Now Available Nationwide at Best Buy 
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/13 --  Magellan, a leader
in GPS devices for vehicles, outdoor, fitness and mobile navigation,
today announced the availability of its new Magellan(R) SmartGPS
device at Best Buy U.S. consumer electronics stores and BestBuy.com.  
Magellan(R) SmartGPS is the game-changing GPS device integrating
social, local and mobile content, including reviews and tips from
Yelp and Foursquare, through Magellan's revolutionary cloud-enabled
Smart Ecosystem. Combining the reliability and safety of dedicated
GPS devices, the content and mobility of smartphone applications, and
the content and innovation of cloud services, the SmartGPS transcends
traditional GPS solutions. In addition, the SmartGPS delivers current
and localized fuel prices, weather, traffic events and speed camera
warnings, along with social content, directly on the navigation map. 
"Magellan SmartGPS is the first truly 'smart' GPS system that uses
'the Cloud' as it should be used as a universal interface," said Rob
Enderle, analyst for Techworld and Enderle Group. "SmartGPS allows
users to have the benefits of both smartphone based navigation and
the larger, and in California more legal, dedicated screen of a
standalone GPS system, nicely blending the offerings into a solution
where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." 
SmartGPS consumers also receive free companion smartphone apps for
iOS (Magellan RoadMate On-the-Go) and Android (SmartGPS). The
SmartGPS companion apps connect to the SmartGPS device through
Bluetooth, creating a connected car solution. End users have live
search of Yelp and Foursquare locations (iOS app) and points of
interest (POIs) at their fingertips, and can easily send locations
from the SmartGPS app to the on-dash SmartGPS for navigation. 
Magellan's free iOS and Android SmartGPS companion apps create a
total-solution SmartGPS experience that is affordable and truly
mobile, enabling location sync and sharing, hands-free operation and
data connectivity, without requiring an additional data plan. Using
their SmartGPS app, SmartGPS enabled navigation system or PC, users
can search for a location, save the location in Magellan's Smart
Ecosystem cloud, and sync and share the location to any SmartGPS
enabled device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. 
"The Magellan SmartGPS is our first consumer product built on
Magellan's cloud-based Smart Ecosystem," said Peggy Fong, president
of MiTAC Digital Corporation. "By seamlessly integrating cloud
technology, social media, location-based content and smartphone apps,
we are delivering a lower cost alternative to expensive in-dash
infotainment systems."  
Magellan SmartGPS features:  


 
--  Valuable social reviews and offers from the Yelp and Foursquare
    communities are pushed directly to the SmartGPS device screen based on
    the user's location. The community-aggregated information helps the
    user explore their surroundings, find new businesses and services in
    their area, and save money.
--  Dynamic, real-time navigation content, including Fuel Prices, Traffic
    Alerts, Local Weather and Traffic Camera Alerts by PhantomALERT, is
    delivered directly to the SmartGPS device saving money, time and
    stress.
--  Free companion Magellan SmartGPS apps (iOS and Android) offer powerful
    POI search functionality with capability to send searched destinations
    to the SmartGPS device with the simple touch of a button.
--  Premium GPS functionality featuring a 5" Capacitive Touchscreen, Free
    Lifetime Map Updates and Traffic Alerts, WiFi and Bluetooth, Highway
    Lane Assist and AV-in for connection to media devices and Wireless
    Back-up Cameras.

  
The new Magellan SmartGPS with free apps for iOS or Android, is
available from Best Buy now for $249.99 (MSRP). Consumers can upgrade
to Premium SmartGPS apps for iOS and Android, featuring turn-by-turn
directions with voice navigation, for $49.00 with US maps/$59.00 with
US & Canada maps. (iOS companion app available in May 2013. iOS
premium navigation upgrade available summer 2013.)  
About Magellan 
Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, MiTAC Digital Corporation,
manufacturer of the Magellan (www.magellangps.com) brand of portable
GPS navigation consumer electronics devices, is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Magellan, an industry
leader in GPS devices for vehicles, outdoor and mobile navigation
since 1986, features a new cloud-based "Smart Ecosystem" that
redefines vehicle navigation by integrating location-relevant social
media and content directly onto a navigation map on the new Magellan
SmartGPS device (http://www.magellangps.com/SmartGPS), smartphones
and PCs. Magellan globally markets its award-winning portable
navigation devices including the Magellan(R) SmartGPS, RoadMate(R)
series for autos, RVs, fleet and commercial vehicles, the
eXplorist(R) PRO for mobile GIS applications and field data
collection, the eXplorist(R) outdoor series for hunting, fishing,
hiking, marine and geocaching enthusiasts, Magellan Fitness
Switch(TM) series of crossover GPS watches, and mobile apps and
accessories for smartphones. Follow Magellan on Facebook, Twitter and
YouTube.  
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Contact:
Rita Lee & Susan van Barneveld
Public Communications Worldwide
magellan@pc-w.com
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