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Garmin announces its first Android-powered smartphone
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As more enterprises try to optimize their smartphone strategies, they may find their on-the-go employees benefiting from a new smartphone made by Garmin.

Garmin, known for its GPS navigation units, recently announced that it was offering its first Android-powered smartphone, that comes with an dashboard mount and has GPS software with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, according to Geek.com.

Garmin has experimented with handhelds in the past – with its introduction of the Nuvifone in 2008 – but its new product combines 3G, Wi-Fi, a 3-megapixel camera and a full-touch 3.5-inch screen with Android, which is gaining popularity for wireless phone application development.

Allen Nogee, an analyst for In-State, told Linux Insider that the new smartphones should do better than Garmen’s previous phones.

"I don’t think the reviews of the previous Garmin phones were that positive," says Nogee. "Android has a following, so people would be more inclined to buy an Android phone that happens to be made by Garmin than they would a Garmin phone which has to stand on its own."

The release comes as Android developer Google recently said that mobile technology is now more important in the enterprise than PC software. Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the "answer should always be mobile first," according to eWeek

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