February 11, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Garmin-Asus has done the “we’re coming to Android” dance for more than a year, but the music has finally stopped with the announcement of the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50. Centered on GPS navigation and location-based services, The A50 is the first Android-powered phone from the Garmin and ASUSTek joint venture.
The A50 features turn-by-turn directions and voice prompted directions for driving or walking. As you’d expect from a device built by a navigation company, there’s a great deal of location-awareness integrated into apps for email, text messaging, and photos. The all-touchscreen device also comes with support for the core Google Android apps and the Android Market.
Other highlights from the A50 include:
- 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen
- 4GB internal storage and microSD slot
- Garmin map and navigation data stored on the device and usable without a network connection.
- Microsoft Exchange support for contacts, calendar and enterprise email
- Multiple location sources from satellite, networks, and terrestrial sources that have “the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can offer.”
- cityXplorer maps that provide directions for public transit routes (optional and only available in select cities).
Garmin-Asus has not announced price or carrier plans.