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New GPS receiver for tablets promises faster updates, more satellite sources


Garmin announced this week a new wireless GPS receiver that can send rapid location updates to tablets and other mobile devices. The Garmin GLO will gather data both from the GPS constellation of satellites maintained by the U.S. military, as well as from Russia’s similar GLONASS system. The added coverage means the Garmin GLO will work better in deep canyons and urban environemtns where large portions of the sky are blocked and other GPS receivers can have difficulty determining their location, Garmin said. The receiver has a 12-hour battery life and transits its data via Bluetooth to a mobile device up to 10 times per second. Pricing is set at $99 for the receiver alone. A package that includes a glareshield mount and six months of access to the Garmin Pilot tablet app is $129, with deliveries starting in August.