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!]
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.
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]