Garmin-ASUS dropping its own Linux system for Android, first device announcement in Q4 2009

June 16, 2009
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    Garmin-ASUSIt appears that Garmin-ASUS is giving up on the Garmin developed flavor of the Linux operating system in favor of Android.  The company’s G60 smartphone uses a custom build of Linux from before Garmin and ASUS joined forces.  Since then, it has announced an intent to develop Android smartphones in addition to its Windows Mobile smartphones.

    Garmin-ASUS’ Hektor Tung told CNET that the G60 will be the only device to use that custom Linux system when it becomes available later this year, and that future Linux based devices will be built upon the Android platform.

    When asked about the potential of Garmin-Asus’ current Linux platform for future devices, Tung revealed that this will be used only in the G60. Future smartphones will either come with Windows Mobile like the M20 or be based on the Google Android operating system.

    Tung also said that the first Android device will be announced before the end of the year, as opposed to the Q1 timeframe that was mentioned by company execs only a couple of weeks back.

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