Garmin leaks plan for Android phone

As part of a webcast reporting its third quarter earnings, Garmin released a presentation containing a reference to a new Android OS handset for 2010. While the webcast did not call attention to the new product, mobile news site GSMArena caught the purported slip-up and brought it forward.

Garmin's Nuvifone lineup already includes Windows Mobile and Linux-based units with the M20 and G60 recently released in a Garmin-Asus partnership in parts of the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Sales numbers for these products have not been made available, but the gadgets have so far failed to gain major attention. Because Garmin and TomTom stocks fell in response to the announcement that Android 2.0 OS would support free turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps, Garmin's Android plan could indicate a strategic move that will play out in the months to come.

In a separate announcement, the company has officially announced a product that can transition between air and automotive use. Named the Aera series, four devices have been announced, each with a 4.3 inch touch screen and full support for both aerial terrain and standard road maps. The products differ in their support for extra features such as XM Radio and faster refresh times.

The company's stock has continued to struggle as Garmin projected its profit margins would slightly decline in this quarter due to product discounts and some investors' worry about the long term viability of standalone navigation units.

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Which is good news. I don't know much about what can features Android currently has, but the more phones/users it has the more features that will be developed for it.

Even as an iPhone user myself, I see it good. First of all it creates competition, but nowadays everybody's making their homemade stuff. Why not just use an OS that's rock-solid and with well implemented features. It reduces by far the development time and it increases the reliability of the device, given that the OS on the device won't be at its very first release when it'll be out.

Meaning that... if I had a company and would like to make a phone, I would definitely go with Android... but keep in mind that I still prefer my iPhone and am really happy with it It's just that it's a little hum, closed.

PsykX said,
Even as an iPhone user myself, I see it good. First of all it creates competition, but nowadays everybody's making their homemade stuff. Why not just use an OS that's rock-solid and with well implemented features. It reduces by far the development time and it increases the reliability of the device, given that the OS on the device won't be at its very first release when it'll be out.

Meaning that... if I had a company and would like to make a phone, I would definitely go with Android... but keep in mind that I still prefer my iPhone and am really happy with it It's just that it's a little hum, closed.

I definitely think I'll be jumping ship to Android after my contract is up. I'm a little bored with the iPhone's GUI in general but the final straw for me is the release of the new Sky Player.

It sounds like such a great idea to be able to watch live sports on my phone. Yet I am only allowed to do so on a Wi-Fi connection. Which means I can watch the channels at home, which is 30 seconds from the pub where I normally watch sports), at university, where it's unlikely that I'll be watching sports during the day mid-week, or in McDonalds, where they have free Wi-Fi. So basically, it's a useless feature.

Vodafone allow live sky sports streaming (on other handsets) so I can only imagine that O2 have selfishly insisted on these restrictions. Since they did the same with BBC iPlayer.