Garmin-Asus to launch Android-powered A10 Smartphone with pedestrian navigation

Garmin-Asus has announced the Garmin-Asus A10, a touchscreen smartphone running on the Android platform that is optimized for pedestrian navigation. The A10 is expected to be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Detailed maps are preloaded on the A10 so that users do not have to pay and wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage.

In addition to pedestrian navigation, the A10 is ready for use in an automobile out-of-the-box, and it comes with a powered audio mount that magnifies the volume of the device’s voice commands.

The A10 is a full-featured smartphone on the Android platform that integrates Google Mobile Services with one-click access to Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, calendar, contacts and Android Market, where users can find more than 30,000 applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle.

To optimize a user’s ability to stay in touch with family, friends and business contacts, the A10 is compatible with Microsoft Exchange server and will wirelessly synchronize contacts, calendar and enterprise email. Account setup is quick and easy, and in a few simple steps users will have their contacts, calendar and email ready to go.

The A10 also supports optional cityXplorer maps, which makes it possible to plan and use routes that include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems.

KPN will be the first operator in the Netherlands to sell the A10. The Smartphone will be available for pre-order exclusively through KPN’s Dutch brands in May for delivery in July.

Source: Garmin Asus.

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