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Garmin-Asus is at it again with possibly a couple of Android phones & a WP7 one too

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Garmin-Asus is at it again with possibly a couple of Android phones & a WP7 one too
Last we heard, Garmin-Asus gave themselves a target of 6 months to really turn around things for their phone business – or else, they'll completely exit of the phone business altogether. However, it looks as though they'll be cranking out a few devices beforehand to see whether or not they'll have the capacity to compete in this ever growing market.

It appears that Garmin-Asus will launch either one or two Android powered smartphones before the end of the year – but it's going to make its presence in the Taiwan market. Apparently the Garmin-Asus A10 is selling well over there, so that's probably why they're attacking that market in the near term.

Specifically, the A10 managed to rack up sales of 3,500 units in September and it's positioned to hit the 3,000 mark in October. Plus, they'll also promote the handset heavily in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Eastern Europe. Since the A10 seems to be a popular catch in those markets, the company intends to release a new version of it that'll integrate an EasyCard by Taipei Smart Card Corporation which will allow owners to use their device to pay for public transportation.

Finally, they'll also be in the works with some Windows Phone 7 device down the road, but they don't plan on launching it until some time in the first quarter of 2011 – which is still well within that 6 month time frame of turning things around.

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A10 Specifications

source: DiGiTimes

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. MaxABC (unregistered)

Don't give up Garmin-Asus!

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 10:40

2. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

the best way and only way it seems to make money givin the subsidised phones thes days is to make sure to put the best hardware and screen into a more atrsctive unit and get it out first. Sounds simple but only motorola samsung htc and i guess motorola are doing it. Well and apple. The other thing is really keep it on the downlow untill it hits htc then creat buzz

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 11:39

3. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

If Asus-Garmin is not making better softwares integration, it will eventually lose in the competition by far. The new hTC Sense with its GPS is totally kicking GPS maker, Garmin's butt badly.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 17:05

4. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

As much as Garmin is known for their GPS systems, you can still get Google Maps. Even though Google Maps isn't 100% accurate at times, it still works so if they come out with a phone with a major selling point as the GPS, it won't be a super huge hit IMO. But keep it up Garmin, the more competitors the better!

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