Garmin Nüvifone

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Garmin Nüvifone
Garmin nuvifone g60.jpg
Manufacturer Garmin
Compatible networks Quad-band GSM
GPRS/EDGE
HSDPA
Availability by country 10/4/2009 (AT&T)
Form factor Candybar Smartphone
Data inputs touchscreen
Display 3.5 in, color LCD
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth[1]

The Garmin Nüvifone is a line of Internet-enabled mobile phone and personal navigation devices manufactured by a partnership between Garmin and Asus. It makes use of a touchscreen with virtual keyboards and buttons. The product was announced on January 30, 2008 and only a prototype (presumably not fully functional) was available at the time.

Nüvifone is a 3G hybrid handset that can be docked into a vehicle mount. Once snapped onto the vehicle mount, it can automatically kick in the embedded GPS navigation and simultaneously enable hands-free calls. It is featured with a geotagging built-in camera that can help recipients of the geocoded photograph trace to where the photos were taken.[2]

According to the first press release by Garmin, it was expected to be made available to market in the third quarter of 2008.[3] A later speculation pointed to the second half of 2009.

In February 2009 it was announced that the Nüvifone would be launched as the Garmin-Asus Nüvifone G60, as part of a series of forthcoming Garmin-Asus Nüvifone devices.[4] AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the Nüvifone.[5]

The next device in the series was the Garmin-Asus Nüvifone M20. This has a 640x480 pixel VGA touchscreen, runs Windows Mobile 6.1, offers triband GSM/EGPRS + HSPA and WiFi connectivity, plus an accelerometer, a 3MP camera, 256MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM and 4GB (8GB in some territories) of storage. The processor is a Qualcomm 7200A chip operating at 528 MHz. It also links into Garmin’s Ciao! location-based social networking application.[6]

In 2010, Garmin announced it will stop making nüvifones altogether.[7]

List of Garmin cell phones[edit]

Name OS Release date Availability
A10 Android 1.6/2.1 Eclair July, 2010 Africa/Europe
M10E Windows Mobile 6.5.3 July, 2010 Asia/Europe
A50/Garminfone Android 1.6/2.1 Eclair (update) June 9, 2010 US (T-Mobile)/Europe
M10 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 February 6, 2010 Asia/Europe
G60 Proprietary (Linux) October 4, 2009 US (AT&T)
M20 Windows Mobile 6.1 February, 2009 Asia/Europe

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (2008-01-30). "Announcement summary on Engadget". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  2. ^ Elena Malykhina (2008-01-31). "InformationWeek". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Press release". .garmin.com. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  4. ^ "i4u". i4u. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  5. ^ AT&T the exclusive carrier Garmin official site
  6. ^ Pocket Picks: Garmin-Asus impresses with its M20 navigation meets smartphone[dead link]
  7. ^ Garmin to stop offering cell phones[dead link]

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