updated 12:30 pm EDT, Fri April 17, 2009
Garmin nuvifone G60 June
Garmin-ASUS' long-delayed nüvifone G60 is now expected to show in June, a direct source claims. Talking to Reuters, the insider says the first LiMo-based (Linux Mobile) phones will ship in June and, by extension, that the G60 will be one of the early models. The GPS-centric handset has been repeatedly delayed since its January 2008 unveiling and has been given a first-half 2009 release timeframe that would support the latest claim.
Additionally, the report gains partial support from Electronista's experience at the CTIA show floor: while the Windows Mobile-based nüvifone M20 was still in a beta state and left demo phones locked away in display cabinets outside of rare tests, the G60 was publicly usable and appeared at least feature-complete, if not ready to ship.
The G60 will have HSPA-based 3G and Wi-Fi and, in GPS mode, will have a navigation screen near-identical to that found on most stand-alone nüvi units. Garmin-ASUS' phone adds tighter integration between mapping and the Internet, particularly focusing on a social networking component named Ciao! that links the mapping information from multiple social networks. It supports the 850MHz 3G band and is widely rumored to be an official option for AT&T.