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Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50
Mark Peters : February 12th 2010 - 15:15 CET
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GarminGarmin-Asus nuvifone A50 Android Smartphone : Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin and ASUSTeK Computer, announced the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50, a touchscreen Android smartphone with multiple GPS location technologies and software applications. The Garmin-Asus A50 Smartphone benefits from the personalization and enhanced features offered by the Android platform, and also includes Garmin navigation with turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions for use in a car or while walking. Location features are designed into virtually every function including email, text messaging, and photos. The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 will be on display at the Garmin-Asus booth at Mobile World Congress, February 15-18, 2010.

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50
“The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 brings premium GPS navigation features to the Android operating system, offering users a seamless location based experience along with access to the wealth of applications that the platform affords,” said Benson Lin, vice president and general manager of ASUS’ personal mobile devices business unit, handheld business group. “Location is relevant to everything you do,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “The A50 integrates navigation and GPS functionality throughout the device, which gives customers the versatility and reliability they need as they navigate their day.”

Garmin-Asus A50 features
The elegant and thin Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 Smartphone has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display that incorporates a finger-friendly user interface. The QWERTY touchscreen keyboard on the Garmin nuvifone A50 makes it easy to send and receive messages, and predictive text helps customers type faster. The new Garmin-Asus nuvifone smartphone comes with hardware features like 4GB internal storage, an expandable microSD card slot, and accelerometer so every screen can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode.

Nuvifone software applications
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 cell phone integrates Google mobile services with one-click access to Google Search by voice, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube video, calendar, contacts and Android Market, where users can find more than 20,000 Android software applications to expand and personalize their Garmin-Asus cell phone to fit their lifestyle. The nuvifone A50 from Garmin-Asus includes on-device sync with Microsoft Exchange server, with the ability to wirelessly synchronize contacts, calendar and enterprise email. Account setup is quick and easy, and in a few simple steps users will have their contacts, calendar and email ready to go.

Nuvifone A50

Garmin-Asus GPS smartphone
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 receives its location (latitude and longitude) information from multiple sources including satellite, network-based and terrestrial sources. These overlapping technologies ensure that Garmin-Asus A50 customers have the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can offer. Garmin navigation is included and preloaded on the Nuvifone A50. Because maps are installed on the mobile phone, customers will not have to wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 also has many of the same features as a high-end Garmin nuvi navigation device such as lane assist with junction view that guides drivers to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit and realistically displays road signs.

Android Smartphone with GPS navigation
Ready for pedestrian or automotive navigation out-of-the-box, the A50 includes a custom Garmin car mount and vehicle power cable. The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 Android smartphone supports cityXplorer maps so that customers can plan and use routes that include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems. cityXplorer content is available as an optional download for select cities. Thanks to the Garmin-Asus A50’s e-compass, customers will know their heading even when standing still. Customers also have access to Street View in Google Maps and 3D landmark images.

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50

Internet on your Garmin-Asus Smartphone
With a powerful, multi-touch capable WebKit internet browser, the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 allows users to browse the web at quick speeds and view streaming content. In addition, it automatically identifies location information embedded within web pages allowing the user to quickly navigate to the locations published on the world-wide web.

Nuvifone digital camera function
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 Android smartphone includes a 3 megapixel digital camera with auto-focus that automatically geo-tags pictures with an exact latitude and longitude reference of where the photo was taken. Customers may then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the geo-tagged image to friends.

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 review availability
The Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 is expected to be available in Europe in the first half of 2010. Specific availability and pricing details will be given in the future. As soon as we receive a Garmin-Asus nuvifone test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an in-depth Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 review.
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