An Android-powered Garmin-ASUS nuvifone has been in the works since 2008 and it's finally ready to be unveiled at MWC next week. Meet the Android-powered nuvifone A50 which has all the location-based technology you can ever want in a smartphone along with a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, and accelerometer. The UI looks to focus on big, touchable icons probably for easy pressing on the go. It runs Android 1.6 and comes with your usual Google offerings along with Garmin turn-by-turn navigation and the whistles and bells that come with Garmin.

We're not sure how successful a Garmin Android phone will be given that Android phones now come with Google Maps Navigation. But then again, Google Maps Navigation is currently only available for the US and the Garmin nuvifone A50 is hitting Europe in the first half of 2010. We'll be sure to get some time with the A50 at MWC!

[via engadget]

 

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Garmin-ASUS Introduces Android-powered nuvifone A50

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Garmin needs to just throw in the towel on this damn thing. Seriously who in the world is interested in this POS and why?

Having first hand experience with Garmin GPS devices and having read reviews of Garmin's previous attempts in the mobile phone arena, I can't see how this will go anywhere. The primary selling point of this device is no longer unique; it's not even the best of the GPS navigation apps available for Android devices. And... Android 1.6? C'mon!

Too little, too late, Garmin. And based on their previous phones, this will likely be way overpriced.

Focus on what you do best. Stand alone PND's.

Why, why, why do vendors keep releasing Android 1.6 phones? It makes no sense. Anyone with any sense is going to buy, or wait for, a 2.0 or 2.1 device. Is 2.0 really so much more difficult to implement than 1.6?

Gunner, corydunbar,

I'm an AOSP contributor. Do you really know what differences there are between Android 1.6 and 2.0 from a user's perspective? Load up a phone with Android 1.6 and take a good look at it. Reflash it to 2.0. Nothing the average user is going to go nuts over; they won't be able to tell the difference. I honestly can't believe what a fuss people are making over a version number when they have no idea what it means.