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Transformer Prime GPS

Engadget got their hands on the ASUS GPS dongle for Transformer Prime. As you may already know Transformer Prime had GPS lock issues since it first came out and no software could fix the problem. ASUS recently decided that all users needed to get a GPS dongle to fix the problem for good.

Engadget was mostly happy with their hands on experience, citing satellite fix within 16 seconds of installation.

source: Engadget

Asus Transformer Prime users to get a free GPS dongle

Asus Transformer Prime users haven’t had the best GPS experience yet. The company admitted it was their fault that the device could not get a solid GPS satellite fix. So their current fix for the time being is to offer each and every Transformer Prime user a free GPS dongle.

The reason they provided was that the external metal body of the tablet interfered with the GPS signals. So now the best they can do is to send an external GPS receiver:

It will look similar to the hinge from the dock. Where it will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis.

The external GPS dongle will be ready by about mid-April but we’re not clear on the claim process yet.

Garmin-Asus A10 out in New Zealand

Garmin-Asus A10 is out in New Zealand; available at Telecom New Zealand. As you know Garmin-Asus A10 is an Android device with a greater focus on GPS navigation; targeting European and Asia-Pacific nations.

The device will come with everything you need to utilize it it your car including an in-car mount and a car charger. Preloaded maps of New Zealand are of course there as well as Yellow Pages search.

Other features of Garmin-Asus A10 include Microsoft Exchange server support, 3.2″ HVGA touch screen, WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus and geotagging, built-in accelerometer, and much more.

It will cost RRP $699.

Garmin-Asus Announces the A50 for Australia

Aussie’s can now find their way on their giant island thanks to Garmin. Garmin just officially announced Garmin-Asus A50 for Australia; partnering with Optus. A50 was already out in other places for a while now including USA, Taiwan, etc.

Feature set of Garmin-Asus A50 haven’t changed much. It still likes to geotag anything and everything, offers 3.5″ touch screen, 3MP auto focus camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, and a 1150mAh battery.

A50 is quite competitively priced in Australia. It costs $0 after a 2 year contract starting today and online starting August 2.

nuvifone M10 coming to U.S. shores

Nuvifone M10 recently made an appearance at FCC site meaning U.S. release is just around the corner – though no official word from Garmin has been released.

Nuvifone M10 has already been out in Europe and Asia to please users who would like WinMo as their operating system. 6.5.3 to be more specific.

We’ve already mentioned the specs here but some of the highlights are still worth mentioning such as the 1500mAh battery, 600Mhz processor, 512MB of RAM and ROM, 4GB of internal flash, and a 5MP camera.

garmin-asus A10

Not to be confused with garminfone or nuviphone M10 Garmin and Asus partnership just announced another Android powered phone called Garmin Asus A10.

Of course its focus is again on GPS navigation; however more so for pedestrians rather than drivers which probably means it’s probably not going to make it to the U.S. where driving almost always takes precedence. The press release actually says it will be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Garmin-Asus A10 features a 3.2″ touch screen, electronic compass and a 1500mAh battery. Depending on your location the A10 will contain preloaded maps so you won’t have to rely on a data connection for maps which can be non-existent or just too expensive to use. Of course Garmin-Asus A10 will also work in your vehicle too – thanks to the powered audio mount.

Some other features of A10 include WebKit browser with multi-touch, 5MP camera with auto-focus, and auto-geotag, built-in accelerometer for horizontal and landscape views.


T-Mobile just announced their latest Android powered handset from Garmin-Asus called garminfone. It is pretty much the U.S. version of nuvifone A50. Here is everything you need to know in one place:

  • possibly the best navigation experience on a smartphone
  • coming out Spring 2010 exclusive from T-Mobile
  • runs Android 1.6 with Breeze UI
  • 3.5″ 320 x 480, TFT capacitive HVGA touchscreen
  • 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery
  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
  • HSPA 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0
  • 3MP autofocus camera with digital zoom
  • comes with maps of North America, 6 million POIs
  • 4GB memory, microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • supports Microsoft Exchange e-mail
  • geotag photos, remember where you parked, navigate back to photo location
  • real time traffic, weather, local events, movies, gas prices
  • garmin voice studio to allow recording of custom voice directions
  • WebKit, 528.5+ browser

nuvifone A50 hands on

Slashgear got their hands on the Android powered nuvifone A50 that we mentioned just a few days ago. The customized user interface looks pretty good as well as Garmin’s navigation interface. Here’s the video:

Garmin Asus nuvifone A50

Garmin Asus partnership has announced the brand new nuvifone A50 from the Mobile World Congress in Spain. The new nuvifone A50 is an Android powered device that claims to be more location aware than any other smartphone out there.

A50 has a 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and an accelerometer. Thanks to the Android platform you’ll have access tens of thousands of applications and if you wish you can sync with your work email thanks to Microsoft Exchange server.

Of course Garmin Asus nuvifone A50 comes with Garmin navigation preloaded and all the maps you need are actually on your device so you won’t have to wait for 3G coverage fairies to grant you access.

Other features of the device are the 3MP camera, and the E-Compass.

Garmin says the nuvifone A50 receives its location information from multiple sources including satellite, network-based and terrestrial sources…. Not sure what they mean but we don’t think any of those is a new technology.

It will be available in Europe first quarter of this year.

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10

Another brand new phone we came across today is the Garmin Asus nuvifone M10. We talked about the M10 just a few days ago but it looks like the official word got out today.

As expected Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 will be a Windows device running Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It has a 3.5″ WVGA screen, 3D task manager, 512MB RAM, and 512MB ROM, and 4GB of storage.

You can expect a decent life from the 1500mAh battery which should get you at least a day on those HSDPA or WiFi networks you can hop on.

Of course Garmin navigation will be preloaded with almost all the bells and whistles of a standalone GPS navigation system.

Garmin Asus nuvifone M10 will come out in Asia and Europe first in first half of this year. Is anyone still interested in a Windows Mobile phone though?