CeBIT 2009: Garmin presents Nüvifone with Linux

Mar 04, 2009

US navigation specialist Garmin has shown off their nüvifone G60 at the 2009 CeBIT in Hanover.

Developed in cooperation with Asus, the Linux-based cell phone with integrated navigation system and camera is still classed as a prototype, with the finished model expected sometime this year, price unknown.

The G60 comes with touchscreen, horizontal adjustable display and pre-set dashboard fittings, which makes for a pleasing, sophisticated impression. The display is clear and easy to read - important for navigation.

The nüvifone takes (3 mega pixel) pictures which save location data. Geo-tagging is yet another function. Pure navigation requires no mobile connection but features such as Points of Interest, etc,. will need a connection and generate costs.

Garmin has deepened its cooperation with Asus. Safe in a secure glass cabinet on display at the CeBIT lies a comparable device with Windows Mobile, and an Android phone with navigational abilities is expected soon.

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