Garmin and Asus today announced an alliance that will bring series of mobile devices to the market in 2009. First of the series is the Garmin-Asus nuvifone. Here is more info on the partnership and the new devices:
All Garmin-Asus nuvifone devices will continue the product vision of the original nuvifone and will be LBS-centric devices that seamlessly connect, communicate and navigate. The original Garmin nuvifone that was announced in 2008 will be re-branded as the Garmin-Asus n?vifone G60. The Garmin-Asus n?vifone G60 is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2009.
LBS functionality is core to the Garmin-Asus n?vifone series, which will offer the same turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation features found on high-end Garmin portable navigation devices (PND). It has preloaded maps and millions of points of interest that allow drivers to quickly find a specific street address, establishment?s name or search for a destination by category. In addition, the n?vifone includes quick access to online points of interest through internet enabled local search. The n?vifone harnesses the power of the worldwide web and information about local merchants and attractions is continually updated. The n?vifone also features Ciao, a social networking application that bridges the gap between multiple location based social networks and integrates them seamlessly into one device.