Will the G60 ever come to market?
Quelle surprise: the nuvifone is delayed. Again.
Speaking to analysts at a conference call late last week, Garmin president and COO Cliff Pemble admitted: “Smartphones are complicated and bringing one to market that’s built totally from the ground up on a custom Linux platform is not an easy task.”
The nuviphone will allegedly now appear sometime during the wonderfully vague ‘second half of the year’ timeframe – something of a distant target given the handset was originally announced way back in January 2008. A previous nuviphone delay had already pushed the handset back to mid 2009 for its original Q3 2008 launch target.
Garmin had previously cited complicated telco negotiations and stringent network testing, so stressing core OS concerns at this late stage don’t bode well – especially with the Asus-Garmin alliance suggesting a Windows Mobile and/or Android long term future.
Consequently I wouldn’t be surprised if this original nuviphone (recently dubbed the G60) is now beaten out the traps by the subsequently announced (and more conventional) M60 and M20. Furthermore, there are few product cycles which move faster than smartphones (GPUs, perhaps) so the potential two year waiting time could see the G60 fast approaching vapourware territory…