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GPS cell phone apps challenge standalone devices
Posted: 29-Nov-2009 [Source: AP]

[Navigational devices face uncertain future amid growth of cell phones with GPS technology.]

Kansas City, MO -- The growth of cell phones with global-positioning technology is making life uncertain for the makers of personal navigational devices that help drivers figure out where they are and where to go. AP - In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 photo, the TomTom app for iPhone is shown in Philadelphia.

Manufacturers of standalone GPS products will have to move quickly and smartly to transform their dumb map readers into intelligent devices that can provide a host of services such as traffic avoidance.

Otherwise, they risk obsolescence in a future in which customers view navigation as simply one more application for their phones. Some of the newer apps already closely match what basic, dashboard-mounted gadgets can do...

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