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Garmin-Asus allegiance to bear Android-based fruit

Garmin-Asus allegiance to bear Android-based fruit

Garmin-Asus, the partnership formed from the sat nav manufacturers and a computer component firm, has revealed that it will be creating multiple mobiles based on the Android operating system.

All eyes will be on the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February when more details are expected to emerge, although Garmin-Asus has said that it plans to launch an Android phone in the first quarter of the year.

A spokesperson for Asus said that Windows Mobile-based smartphones were also on the way, with the first of the Nuviphone range sporting this operating system and set for a full unwrapping at MWC.

The Nuviphone M10 will feature a 3.5 inch touchscreen and a 600MHz processor, although the screen itself utilises resistive technology which rules out multitouch inputs. A five megapixel camera and built-in GPS from Garmin is also expected to be present.

The Garmin-Asus support for Android sees yet another manufacturer joining the long list of those already planning to saturate the smartphone market with mobiles based on Google's increasingly popular platform.

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