Advanced Location Technology In An Android Smartphone – Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50

Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between Garmin
Ltd., and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., today announced the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50, a
touchscreen Android-powered smartphone with multiple location
technologies and apps. The A50 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 A50 will be on display at the
Garmin-Asus booth at Mobile World Congress,
February 15-18, 2010.

“The
A50 brings premium 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.”


The elegant and thin A50 has a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive
touchscreen display that incorporates a finger-friendly user
interface. The QWERTY touchscreen keyboard makes it easy to send
and receive messages, and predictive text helps customers type
faster. It also 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.

Access to
thousands of applications

The A50 integrates Google mobile services with
one-click access to Google Search by voice, Google Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, calendar, contacts and Android Market, where users can
find more than 20,000 applications to expand and personalize
their phone to fit their lifestyle.

Powerful
enterprise email capability

The A50 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.

High-sensitivity
GPS receivers with Garmin navigation

The A50
receives its location (latitude and longitude) information from
multiple sources including satellite, network-based and terrestrial
sources. These overlapping technologies ensure that A50 customers have
the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can
offer.

Garmin navigation is included and preloaded on the
A50. Because maps are installed on the device, 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 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. Ready for pedestrian or automotive
navigation out-of-the-box, the A50 includes a custom Garmin car
mount and vehicle power cable.


The A50 also 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 A50’s e-compass,
customers will know their heading even when standing still.

In addition
to Android Market, the A50 has preloaded, apps through
Garmin-Asus connected services, which includes real-time,
location-relevant information like weather, traffic, fuel prices, safety
cameras, flight status. Connected services information varies by
country.

Customers also have access to Street View in
Google Maps and 3D landmark images.

Surf the
web

With a powerful, multi-touch capable WebKit
browser, the 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.

Take quality photos

The A50
includes a three mega-pixel camera with auto-focus that
automatically geotags images 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.


Availability

The
Garmin-Asus nüvifone 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.

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