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PND-centric Garmin-Asus’ Windows Phone 7 will arrive Q1 2011

PND-centric Garmin-Asus’ Windows Phone 7 will arrive Q1 2011

Garmin-Asus has confirmed that, while the company expects to release smartphones running Windows Phone 7, there won't be any handsets from them using the Microsoft OS until 2011.  Speaking at the Singapore launch of the nuvifone A50 and A10, ASUS business development manager for handheld sales Fei Yen told CNET Asia that while the company has engineers working on Microsoft's platform at the moment, there are "no plans to launch Windows Phone this year."

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Garmin-Asus A10 Android smartphone targets pedestrians

Garmin-Asus A10 Android smartphone targets pedestrians

Garmin-Asus have announced their latest smartphone, the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A10, a new Android-based handset which is apparently optimized for pedestrian navigation.  The A10 has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen supporting multitouch, 5-megapixel camera, GPS and comes preloaded with mapping data and - optionally - cityXplorer guides to public transit systems.

While the marketing for the A10 is being targeted at those traveling on foot, automobile users aren't left behind either.  In the box there's a powered audio mount for the A10, with a loudspeaker for more audible voice navigation prompts.  Meanwhile there's also the usual bevy of Android apps together with Microsoft Exchange support and access to the Android Market.

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Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 hands-on

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 hands-on

The first nuvifone took its time reaching the market and met with disappointing reviews when it finally made it, so you could argue the bar is set low for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50.  The first in the model range to run Android, we grabbed some hands-on time with the A50 at MWC 2010 this week; turns out, the partnership have learnt plenty from their first efforts, and while the smartphone won't knock HTC off their perch it joins the ringing death-knell of standalone PNDs.  More first-impressions after the cut.

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Garmin-ASUS M10 gets early reviews

Garmin-ASUS M10 gets early reviews

Garmin-ASUS' M10 may no longer be the only Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone we know about - what with the Sony Ericsson Aspen launching this morning - but it's one of the first to be caught in the wild.  Two Chinese sites have managed to acquire the M10 and put it through its paces, mPro and GPC, including comparison shots with other handsets and photo samples from the 5-megapixel camera.

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