Garmin-Asus A10 aims to guide pedestrians

Garmin-Asus announces a new Android smartphone focused on helping pedestrians navigate the streets.

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Garmin-Asus A10

Garmin-Asus is making good on its commitment to Android as the company introduced a new Android device on Wednesday called the A10.

Optimized for pedestrian navigation, the A10 features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen, a digital compass, also offers voice-guided directions. All maps are preloaded on the device, but you'll also have the option of downloading Garmin's cityXplorer maps that let you plan routes using transit options such as bus and subway systems. While the A10 is designed more for foot travel, it can be used in the car as well and comes with a vehicle mount.

Garmin-Asus did not specify which version of Android the A10 would be shipping with, but expect the usual staples--Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Android Market, and so forth. The smartphone also supports Exchange synchronization and comes with a 5-megapixel camera and a WebKit browser with multitouch support.

Garmin-Asus expects to ship the A10 in mid-2010 for the European and Asian markets; however, the company has not commented on it North American plans yet. Garmin-Asus' other Android device, the A50, was recently rebranded as the Garminfone and will be coming to T-Mobile later this spring.