Items tagged with Nuvifone

After disappointing sales of its nuvifone, we reported back in September that Garmin was considering its options with its smartphone unit. Now, Reuters is reporting that Asus plans to end its mobile phone agreement with Garmin, thereby paving the way for Garmin to exit the smartphone business altogether. A company official for Asustek said more details will be available Tuesday. Although the smartphone market is enjoying huge growth, the Garmin Asus partnership hasn't delivered the volumes either company had hoped for. If you'll recall, the nuvifone was initially met with much anticipation and... Read more...
When you think about Garmin, you probably think about one major thing: GPS. Here's something you probably don't associate with Garmin: smartphones. But regardless, they're in both markets right now. The original nuvifone was announced with a huge amount of hype behind it, but it was delayed for around a year while the iPhone came out and stole the thunder of every other smartphone on the market. Since, Garmin has teamed up with Asus to create the Garmin-Asus partnership, but the phones that have shipped under that label have seen a lukewarm reception at best. The problem is pretty obvious: Garmin... Read more...
Is the best current GPS on the market, just a phone? Some would say that Google Maps Navigation on Android has the navigation thing down, but there's still nothing quite like a dedicated NAV. Garmin's first attempt at combining a GPS and a phone didn't exactly go over well; the original nuvifone took too long to go from introduction to shipping, and then the final product was priced too high for many to consider given the popularity of the iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry line and the growing Android selection. The second Garmin phone, which is simply called Garminfone, is a bit different. The phone is... Read more...
In April, we told you about T-Mobile's plans to carry the Garminfone. Now, we're getting closer to an official launch. Although the phone was originally scheduled to ship this spring, Garmin is now saying the Garminfone will be available in select T-Mobile U.S. retail outlets in June. The company also gave us official pricing information. As expected, the phone will be available for $199.99 with a qualifying voice and data plan on new two-year agreement. The Garminfone is an Android-powered smartphone with Garmin's automotive GPS features. The phone will come with a car mount and a charger in the... Read more...
It's the return of the nuvifone! Or, is it? Last year, Garmin finally launched their long awaited nuvi-branded smartphone on AT&T (with a little help from Asus, as it were), but by the time it launched, most of the hype surrounding it was dead. Between the time the phone debuted and when it shipped, Android phones had flooded the market, the iPhone 3GS was out, and Windows Phone 7 was just around the corner. Early reviews on the handset weren't exactly glowing, and even thought AT&T is still offering the phone, we kind of doubt it's a huge seller. But could this second attempt in the U.S.... Read more...
Although the Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 may have taken a little while to become available, the companies are not ignoring the fact that a new version of Windows Mobile is now available. Garmin-Asus recently announced that this all-in-one phone is now available with Windows Mobile 6.5. Thankfully, early adopters aren't left in the cold—they'll receive an update to bring them up to date with the latest OS. Windows Mobile 6.5 provides improvements such as large touch-optimized icons, mobile applications via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and the Microsoft My Phone service. The My Phone service... Read more...
Wow, talk about a rapid fall from grace. Of course, anyone with any understanding of the current GPS/smartphone landscape could see this coming from a mile away, but those who were duped into laying out $300 for Garmin-Asus' nüvifone G60 back on October 4th are probably kicking themselves right about now.Merely weeks after the hybrid GPS/phone landed at AT&T, Amazon now has the same device up for just $99 with a 2-year AT&T contract. That's $200 off a $300 phone. Again, wow. But the story here seeps deeper than just a huge discount on a brand new phone that the world has been waiting years... Read more...
Wow, this one has been a long, long, long time coming. The original nüvifone was originally introduced in early 2008, long before Android had a chance at fame and before the iPhone has risen to stardom in the way that it has. In short, the Garmin-developed smartphone looked to be a real competitor, and the proprietary navigating software was its differentiating factor. Here it is, in the latter half of 2009, and Americans are still waiting on what has become the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60. After an incredibly long and painful wait, those who were interested in such a phone--and held off all this... Read more...
After many delays, Garmin-Asus finally started shipping the nüvifone to Asian markets in late July, though some locations won’t get the phone until this month. Now, we’re hearing an update that the nüvifone is on track to launch in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. During a conference call with analysts, Garmin confirmed that its nüvifone (originally due in the third quarter of 2008) is in final testing with U.S. carriers. Garmin would not reveal the carriers that are testing the product. nüvifone G60 (Linux-powered) Garmin expects the nüvifone to contribute $100 million to $200 million in revenues... Read more...
Garmin-Asus, the partnership that many doubted would ever bear fruit, is finally gearing up to ship their first product. When it was originally announced back in 2008, the nüvifone was viewed as a serious iPhone competitor and a real top-notch product for the smartphone industry at large. Unfortunately for Garmin-Asus, a lot has changed over the past year, with Google's Android hitting the market, Samsung stepping up its Windows Mobile game and even LG making a serious play for market share. The other thing is that the nüvifone has remained unchanged since its announcement, giving existing smartphone... Read more...
Garmin plans to start selling its oft-delayed nuvifone in Asia in late June or early July, Chief Operating Officer Cliff Pemble told shareholders at the company’s recent annual meeting. Unfortunately for the rest of us, Pemble said a release date for North America and Europe is still on hold. In response to a question from an investor, Pemble did say, “We believe we're getting very close.” As you may recall, the nuvifone is a touch-screen smartphone that includes features from Garmin’s line of GPS devices such as turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic warnings, and a search engine to help you... Read more...
For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60, we’re afraid we have some bad news. Garmin’s long-anticipated, much-hyped entry into the smartphone market has been delayed again. Garmin originally planned to launch a nüvifone in the third quarter of 2008. More recently, the company announced a partnership with Asus and said the device would be delayed until the first half of 2009. Now, it’s sounding like the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 won’t be released until the second half of this year. No firm date has been set. The Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 was first thought to be... Read more...
Last week, we told you about Garmin and ASUS’s new partnership that will result in co-branded, location-centric mobile phones. Now, the pair is revealing two new Nuvifones a few days before the Mobile World Congress trade show that begins on February 16th. The two new models include a consumer-focused G60 and the more business-minded M20. Both units have navigational functions that are similar to those found on Garmin Nuvi personal navigation devices as well as Internet search capabilities for endless points of interest information. The G60 will be a quad-band GSM phone with support for HSDPA,... Read more...
It’s been nearly a year since Garmin announced the nüvifone. And while the phone still isn’t out, Garmin is providing us with a nice handful of screen shots, perhaps as a final sneak peek before CES. If you’ll recall, the nüvifone is Garmin’s first combination GPS/phone device. Commercials such as the one below have definitely gotten us excited about the device, but we have to admit, we’re growing a bit impatient. Hopefully these new screenshots mean that the nüvifone is one step closer to a final release.      Home  Google LocalWeb Broswer        Calendar... Read more...