Android Nuvifone to Debut Next Month

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Just as the standalone GPS market takes another body blow, (see blog below) Garmin and partner Asustek are preparing to unveil their first Android-based nuvifone GPS/smartphone.

Garmin and Asustek have talked about an Android-based GPS/smartphone for a year, but it seems like we’ll finally get to see the device at Mobile World Congress, to be held February 15 -18 in Barcelona.  So says Asustek’s handheld device business unit president Benson Lin, reports DigiTimes.

The first Garmin-Asus nuvifone–the Linux-based G60– hit U.S. shores in October, after more than a year of delays, and met with a lukewarm reception.

Garmin-Asus will also launch four or five other new Windows Mobile or Android phones in 2010 with all phones combined to total about one million shipments, said Lin.

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