Android-based Garmin phones coming in second half of 2009
While we all keep hearing (and many keep disbelieving) Garmin’s promises of the Nuvifone’s arrival, the company’s Asia Pacific marketing director Tony An has dropped word on its other plans regarding the mobile space.
The second quarter of 2009 is when Garmin expects to first launch the Nuvifone, at least in the Taiwan market, and at the same time, it is working on launching its first Android-based handsets on target dates during the second half of 2009.
Just like the Nuvifone, which is being made by Asus, production of Garmin’s first Android-based devices will be outsourced.
In addition to GPS PNDs, Garmin will launch Nuvifone, its first GPS-enabled handset, in the Taiwan market in the second quarter of 2009, An noted. Garmin also plans to launch self-developed Android handsets in the second half of 2009, with production to be outsourced.
Since these Garmin Android phones are to be self-developed by the company, it would be interesting to see how its built-in mapping and navigational capabilities will perform and fare against Google’s offerings (with Google Maps for Mobile). But alas, the second half of 2009 is still a good half-year away, and there’s no telling whether the official launch will be hampered by delays or not at this point.