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[News] Garmin & Asus to Make Linux Phones

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Garmin, Asus Team to Bring Smartphones to U.S.

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| Garmin and Asus, best-known for GPS devices and PC components respectively, 
| announced an alliance on Wednesday to produce co-branded smart phones. In a 
| conference call, Garmin execs hinted strongly that they wanted to bring the 
| devices to the U.S. for an "attractive" price.   
| [...]
| The line will begin with Garmin-Asus's Nuvifone G60, a Linux-based GPS 
| smartphone that the company announced in January 2008, but that they never 
| brought to market. The Nuvifone G60 will come to shelves in the first half of 
| 2009, Pemble said. Another model will be announced at the upcoming Mobile 
| World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. 15 or 16, and "we look forward to 
| introducing additional Nuvifone models during the course of 2009 and beyond," 
| Pemble said.       


New Garmin-Asus Smartphones to Take Many OSs

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| Asustek has been making mobile phones since 2001 and has launched several 
| smartphones, mainly with Linux or Microsoft Windows OSs. 



Garmin Nuvifone Clarification: Linux-based but not Android

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| The Android Guys apparently snagged a quote. According to their site, Garmin
| states that "We do have an Android-based phone under development; however, we
| are not releasing any additional information about that product at this
| time." Garmin is a newly minted member of the Open Handset Alliance so the
| expectation that it would soon release an Android platform seemed reasonable.
| However, the Nuvi handset remains (as planned) based on a proprietary Linux
| build rather than Android, according to Engadget


Garmin Nav devices run Gnome Linux

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| Garmin has posted Linux source code for its Nuvi 8xx and Nuvi 5xxx-series GPS
| navigation devices. The Nuvi 8xx offers a 4.3-inch, 480x272 display, and
| appears to be based on a Marvell PXA-3xx processor, Gnome Mobile Linux, and
| GeoClue location technology.

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