According to DigiTimes, Garmin-ASUS are planning to launch their first Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in a little under four weeks. We have already brought you plenty of news regarding Garmin-ASUS and their Android plans. However, we cannot help but question the legitimacy of DigiTimes’ reports for the following reasons.

It has already been well documented that Garmin-ASUS are looking to launch their first Android based device at the start of this year. With CES out of the way, the next biggest event in the mobile phone calendar is without question MWC. It goes without saying that if a company wanted to give a device the best possible exposure for a launch, the MWC would be the most imminent event possible. Clearly then, it is common sense to assume that they may launch a number of devices at the forthcoming conference. It certainly doesn’t take a leap of imagination to guess why.

We’re not refuting the fact that Garmin-ASUS will announce their Android (and WinMo) based devices at MWC, we’re just not seeing any official documentation to back the claim up. It is simply guess work, not unheard of by DigiTimes.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.