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.