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I just posted our full review of the Garmin Garminfone for T-Mobile on MobileBurn.com.  Todd Haselton wrote the review for us, and he really likes the device – in spite of the fact that he expected to not like it at all. On a related note, T-Mobile has also just announced that the Garminfone will be available to customers on June 9th for $199.99 after a $50 rebate. Here’s Todd’s wrap-up from the full Garminfone review on MobileBurn.com.  Some photos and the rest of his summary are available after the jump. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first Garmin-ASUS…

I just spent a bit of time with the brand new Garmin-ASUS nuvifone A50 (specs here), the company’s first Android-powered smartphone.  I’ve posted the photos and video, along with some of my thoughts, on MobileBurn.com – but you can see the video and a few photos right here. But do click through for the Garmin-ASUS nuvifone A50 story on MobileBurn for the full gallery and notes.

Today Garmin-ASUS unveiled its first Android powered smartphone, the A50.  The A50 includes Garmin’s own navigation system, which offers voice guided turn-by-turn navigation for both drivers and pedestrians and ships with a car mount in the box. The company claims that location based features are tied into most every aspect of the A50, including email, text messaging, and photos.  I used the original nuvifone G60 quite extensively, and it provided great location based service tie-ins, so I have high hopes for the A50. In terms of core specs, the Garmin-ASUS A50 sports a large 3.5-inch half-VGA (320 x 480 pixel)…

In a recent webcast released by Garmin, the navigation company revealed their plans to expand their fledgling product range and include a new Android phone in 2010. This announcement has come very soon after the announcement of Google navigation for Android. The nuvifone lineup offered by Garmin-Asus is a collaborative effort focussed around GPS location based services and navigation within a feature phone. The M20 and G60, running Windows Mobile 6.1 and Linux based OS respectively were launched earlier this year. Following the announcement of Google Android, Garmin shares fell 17.2% to $31.88. TomTom shares also fell over 20%.

From the Computex show in Taiwan, IDG’s Dan Nystedt is reporting that Garmin-ASUS has said that it should have its first Android powered smartphone on the market by the end of Q1, 2010.  It was also noted that an ASUS executive mentioned that the device could actually come out before Q1. Garmin-ASUS is a co-development venture between GPS manufacturer Garmin and electronics manufacturer Asustek.  The company has already launched several smartphones, including the G60, which runs a version of the Linux operating system that forms the core of Android. [via Android Community]

Well well, it seems that two OHA members have announced that they will be working together on new phones.  Garmin and ASUS will be co-developing and marketing the nuvifone series that Garmin announced this time last year at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Garmin says that ASUS was its ODM partner from the start, so it makes some sense for the two of them to work together.  As a result, the original nuvifone has been renamed the Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60, and the two companies have said that they will announce a new model in Barcelona later this month…

A Garmin rep contacted me moments ago to say that the company is disputing the DigiTimes article that people are talking about today.  The rep said that yes, indeed, Garmin is working on an Android powered phone, but that the rest of the business about dates and such has not been announced at all. Garmin’s rep also said that the rest of the “article”, which dealt with 2008 GPS sales and the Nuvifone, was full of inaccuracies, and Garmin has issued a press release refuting them. I called it.  You all head me.  I called it.

Oh the rumors, how they flow.  Here’s another gem from DigiTimes, the guys in Taiwan known for some of the most rumorific of news available on smartphones.  In a piece talking about Garmin’s plans to ship 18 million navigation devices in 2008, right after mentioning the company’s plans for shipping its Nuvifone next year, DigiTimes dropped this little beauty: Garmin also plans to launch self-developed Android handsets in the second half of 2009, with production to be outsourced. There is, of course, no credit as to where that bit of information came from.  Who said it?  We have no idea,…