The Garmin Nuvifone, which was announced more than a year ago, has been rebranded as the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60. It's a Linux-based, quad-band smartphone. Pricing and availability date will be announced during the first half of 2009.
With the Garmin name behind it, obviously navigation is an important feature. The Nuvifone G60 and M20 come preloaded with maps and points of interest and offers turn-by-turn voice-guided directions and automatic route recalculation.
The Garmin-Asus Nuvifone M20 is the second model in the Nuvifone series. The smartphone will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition with full e-mail support, document viewing, and Opera's HTML Web browser.
Beyond the standard navigation features, Garmin-Asus offers something called Connected Services that provides such information as real-time traffic data, weather forecasts, and more. In addition, the companies announced a new application called Ciao! that lets you see your friends' whereabouts by linking location-centric social networks.