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T-Mobile USA Announces Garminfone

It’s been a long time coming but the long awaited Gamifone has been announced for a T-Mobile release. Garmin was one of the first members of the OHA, promised to produce an Android handset, seemed like it would never come to fruition. This may be the first announcement of great Android devices for T-Mobile.

Garmin Nuvifone Video Demo

After months of waiting on Garmin's Android based smart phone, it seems that it is really close to being in our sweaty Android loving hands. The guys over at MobileBurn was lucky enough to get their hands on the device and it looks quite impressive.

Garmin-ASUS Android phone due Q2 2010

ASUS have announced plans to release several Android smartphones in 2010, though unlike Motorola they're not quite ready to dump Windows Mobile.  According to Lin Zongliang,VP and general manager of the company's business unit, we should expect 4-5 devices in 2010 split roughly equally between Android and the Microsoft platform. The phones will probably arrive under the Garmin-ASUS cobrand, and the first Android handset will drop in Q2 2010.  Each device will be targeted at the mainstream range (rather than particularly high- or low-end buyers), though ASUS are still deciding whether to use Android 2.1 or a different build of the OS.

Garmin-ASUS Android phone by end of 2009; ditching own Linux OS

Garmin-ASUS have confirmed that, following the launch of their nuvifone G60 sometime in the second half of 2009, they will switch to solely using Android and Windows Mobile in future devices.  The first Android-based Garmin-ASUS device will apparently arrive at the end of the year, earlier than previously suggested. The change will mean that the G60 will be the only device to use Garmin-ASUS' home-grown Linux OS, the difficult development of which has been blamed for the GPS-centric handset's delay.  The partnership's other device, the nuvifone M20, runs the Windows Mobile OS. According to Hektor Tung, Garmin's regional director for Southeast-Asia sales, the long-overdue G60 will arrive in the second half of this year, and could launch as early as August for some markets.  However he failed to be more specific about which regions they might be. [Thanks Ahmad!]

Garmin-ASUS Android phone arriving by March 2010

Garmin-ASUS have announced that they will be releasing an Android-based smartphone "no later than" Q1 2010.  Executives declined to comment on possible pricing for the handset, but suggested that it would include GPS for geotagging photos and offering other location-based services. Garmin were first tipped to release an Android handset last year, with the expectation being that the phone would arrive on the market sometime in 2009.  While that is still possible in this new, official timescale, it seems more likely that the device will launch early in 2010. While we're all for more Android devices and more manufacturers publicly pledging their intentions, color us a little skeptical about Garmin-ASUS.  The duo's original nuvifone is shaping up for a full year's delay, and we'd really rather they concentrated on getting something out of the door rather than announcing new products.

Garmin releasing their own Android-powered device in 2009

The Android platform recently got AndNav2, the first turn-by-turn navigation application for Android without the need for a monthly subscription plan. We suspected that Garmin was going to release their Garmin mobile turn-by-turn application for Android sometime in 2009. Our members are already very excited about Android reaching out to other types of devices as Google has promised. Now Garmin has finally announced that they will be releasing their own Android-powered devices sometime in the second half of 2009, shortly after the company’s delayed nuvifone. According to Asia Pacific marketing director, Tony An, the nuvifone will hit the Taiwan market in Q2 2009, with self-developed Android devices coming later. There are still very few details as to Garmin’s Android-powered handset. But what we do know is the device will be completed exclusively in-house by Garmin and only manufactured externally. An went on to say that the company expects sales to jump as much as 50 percent next year due to the growing market for navigation systems.  Garmin recently joined the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) as one of the 14 new members. No one knew whether they would be writing software for current devices or creating devices of their own.  We will bring you more information on this device as it becomes available. [Via SlashGear]
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