Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Garmin to Ship Android Smartphone in 2H09

Some pretty interesting news from Garmin today. Despite the economic downturn, and despite the inclusion of more and more GPS functionality in smartphones, Garmin said that it expects its 2008 total sales volume of GPS PNDs will increase by 50% from 2007 to 18 million units. But it's the Android news that struck a chord.

Garmin's Asia Pacific marketing director Tony An added that:
Garmin will launch Nuvifone, its first GPS-enabled handset, in the Taiwan market in the second quarter of 2009, An noted. Garmin also plans to launch self-developed Android handsets in the second half of 2009, with production to be outsourced.
It was to be expected, what with Garmin joining the Open Handset Alliance in early December. It's tough to tell the way that paragraph is written, but to me it sounds like the reference to the Taiwan market only applies to Nuvifone. The Android phone is probably not going to launch in Taiwan, I would think.

With all the Android phone announcements and rumors of late, 2009 is shaping up to be the year of Android.



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