Friday, February 13, 2009
Garmin-ASUS Unveil nüvifone M20
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Garmin and ASUS today announced the Garmin-Asus
nüvifone M20, a Smartphone with a Windows Mobile
operating system and offered a more detail about the
previously announced nüvifone G60.
Both products will be officially presented next week
at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The nüvifone M20 is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1
Professional and combines a dual-band 3.5G/tri-band
GSM phone with Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 b/g) and
Bluetooth. It has a 2.8 inch display with VGA
(640x480) resolution, built-in microphone and
speakers, built-in 4G/8G My Storage, and ActiveSync
for Outlook, Microsoft Office, and multi-media
The nüvifone M20?s full QWERTY soft keyboard makes it
easy to send and receive SMS, MMS and emails (HSDPA).
The phone is also designed with location based
services (LBS). Navigation functions are linked to
frequently used applications such as calendar,
contacts, email, internet applications and more.
It has the navigation capability of a premium Garmin
n?vi sat nav, and comes with preloaded maps and points
of interest (POIs) ? hotels, restaurants, stores, fuel
stations and more ? for North America, Eastern and
Western Europe, or other regions. Selecting a
destination is straightforward and requires limited
input from the user. For example, users can search for
a destination by typing in the specific name or
address of an establishment, search by category, or
navigate to addresses in the n?vifone M20?s contact
database or on the web. The device then gives
turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions and
automatically recalculates if a turn is missed along
The nüvifone M20 takes GPS navigation one step further
via Connected Services, a suite of online applications
and data from Garmin-Asus that adds location
intelligence to navigation, phone and browser
functions. The of applications includes content like
real-time traffic information, Google Local search,
White Pages, weather, flight status and movie times.
The nüvifone product line also includes Ciao!, an LBS
application that helps users stay up to date on their
friends? whereabouts and status by linking
location-centric social networks. Through Ciao!,
n?vifone users will see their friends? location on a
map and then be able to navigate to that location with
ease. nüvifone users can also choose to have the
n?vifone automatically update their social network
location information. The launch partners for Ciao!
are Buddy Beacon and GyPSii, and it is scalable for
additional social networks.
Garmin-Asus expects to announce the nüvifone M20?s
pricing and availability information in the first half
Asus second nüvifone model, the G60, has a 3.55 inch
display, 3.5G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a built-in
accelerometer and is running on an unspecified
operating system (expected to be Linux). Garmin-Asus
expects to announce the n?vifone G60?s pricing and
availability in the first half of 2009.