Thursday, October 29, 2009

Google’s Free GPS for Phones Threatens Garmin and TomTom - NYTimes.com

Another example of how general-purpose software platforms tend to prevail over time; see the full article for more on Google’s GPS category-killer plans

GPS navigation devices were the latest must-have tech toys just two years ago, and shares of device makers like Garmin and TomTom were soaring.

That didn’t last long. In a turnabout that has been remarkably swift even for the fast-moving technology business, those companies have suffered as competition has pulled down prices — and as more people have turned to their cellphones for directions.

Google’s Free GPS for Phones Threatens Garmin and TomTom - NYTimes.com

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