Mio Technology Plans Android-Powered MiBuddy

An upcoming version of Mio Technology’s MiBuddy will be among the latest devices to run Google’s Android operating system. The new MiBuddy joins a list of Android-powered gadgets that fit outside the realm of smartphones.

The MiBuddy 4.7-inch touchscreen MIND (mobile Internet navigation device) will offer full Internet browsing capabilities, a slide-out keyboard, and will also serve as a full navigation device. For ease of use during navigation, the MiBuddy will fit into a car dashboard mount.

Mio Technology’s current MiBuddys use the Windows CE operating system. With the next generation of MiBuddys that will come out next year, Mio Technology will offer both Windows CE and Android powered devices.

MiBuddy has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections as well as a microphone, speaker, and media player. The next generation of MiBuddys will also offer WiMAX broadband capabilities.

The new MiBuddy is coming sometime next year, though an exact date and availability are not yet known. Details concerning price are also unknown.