There Will Be No More Garmin-Asus Nuvifones

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In the wake of lackluster sales of their Nuvifone series, Garmin and Asus have announced the end of their partnership to create navigation-oriented phones.

Garminfone with Android OS from T-Mobile USAThe two companies are going their separate ways, though both will continue to be involved in the smartphone market.

Garmin and Asus released two co-developed models in the U.S. AT&T introduced the nuvifone G60 in 2009, and T-Mobile launched an Android OS-based Garminfone over the summer — neither of which sold particularly well.  

The two companies will continue to sell models that have already on the market. They promise that “product support, software updates and/or downloads” will be offered for these products.

Future Plans
Asus is going to put all its focus on creating phones to be sold under its own brand. The company is working on devices running Google’s Android OS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.

Garmin, on the other hand, is going to expand its Location Based Service (LBS) applications to other smartphones, though it didn’t mention what operating systems it is going to support. These will be offered through a range of app stores.




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