Samsung starts its GPS Phone Era

Standalone Digital cameras and electronic PDA sales have been affected by the popularity of mobile phones (especially smartphones) which combined the functionalities of the two aforementioned devices.

Now mobile phones look set to encroach on another turf, that of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) devices.

Samsung has unveiled a new phone, the i550, which not only sports the Nokia-backed Symbian operating system, but also incorporates GPS hardware.

Although the size of the screen (2.6-inch) makes it difficult for car drivers, GPS mobile phones will be a boon for pedestrian users with voice control as well as access to Google Maps.

The i550 also comes with 278MB of internal memory, a 3.2 megapixel camera as well as support for HSPDA and MicroSD cards.