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Garmin GPS apps headed to Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World, exclusive ASUS Android deal

Garmin GPS apps headed to Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World, exclusive ASUS Android deal

We've all had them: relationships where we know we should walk away, but just can't bring ourselves to let go.  Garmin-Asus may no longer be pushing their co-branded smartphone vision, but they're not ready for a complete divorce.  Instead, ASUS has exclusively licensed Garmin's PND software for its Android devices.

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Garmin-Asus split official: no more new nuvifones

Garmin-Asus split official: no more new nuvifones

Garmin has officially confirmed its divorce from ASUS, with the company confirming last week's rumors regarding the ill-fated Garmin-Asus partnership.  Describing the move as "new mobile handset strategies," the non-press-speak version is that while existing Garmin-Asus devices will remain on sale, the two companies won't be working together on new models.

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Garmin-Asus to split as consumer indifference sinks in

Garmin-Asus to split as consumer indifference sinks in

"Down dooby-do down down," sang Neil Sedaka, "breaking up is hard to do."  Fitting words for Garmin-Asus today, who have apparently confirmed their intent to dissolve the current partnership come January 2011.  Afterward, ASUS will resume sole branding of its handset business, while Garmin will be able to spread its PND services to a wider range of devices and companies.

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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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T-Mobile Garminfone due June for $200

T-Mobile Garminfone due June for $200

If you're not taken with the LG Ally on Verizon, how about a different Android smartphone this month?  T-Mobile have announced pricing and (rough) availability for the Garminfone, the touchscreen GPS-centric handset unveiled late last month.  The handset will drop in June, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement.

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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 nuvifone M10 confirmed for H1 2010 Launch in Europe and Asia

Garmin-Asus nuvifone M10 confirmed for H1 2010 Launch in Europe and Asia

We already knew that Garmin-Asus were bringing smartphones to market together. In fact, we have already seen early reviews and know the details of the M10 Windows Mobile smartphone. Today Garmin-Asus has officially announced the expected launch date for the M10 in Europe and Asia.

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Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 set for H1 2010 launch

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 set for H1 2010 launch

We have already heard a bit about the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone and it has even tipped up in a review already. The M10 isn't the only smartphone inbound from Garmin-Asus, it also has an Android sibling called the A50 set to launch in the first half of 2010.

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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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Garmin-ASUS M10 WinMo 6.5.3 PND phone hits preorder

Garmin-ASUS M10 WinMo 6.5.3 PND phone hits preorder

Pre-order details for a new Garmin-ASUS smartphone have shown up on the company's Taiwanese site.  The Garmin-ASUS M10 is expected to drop on February 6th 2010, running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera.  As with the companies' previous offerings, it's a GPS-centric device with Garmin PND software preloaded.

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ASUS Eee Smartbook dropping Q1 2010 for around $180

Bargain hunters looking for a new ultraportable this Christmas could do well to hold off until the new year, as ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has announced the company plans to launch an Android-based Smartbook in Q1 2010 that could be priced at around $180.  ASUS were among the companies demonstrating Smartbook prototypes - based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor - back in June, but since then have downplayed their involvement with the format.

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