Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50 hands-on

I had the chance to get my hands on the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50, the company’s first Android based smartphone. The A50 is currently running Android 1.6 (with multi-touch implemented by Garmin-Asus as you can see in the video below) but will be upgradeable to 2.X later this year according to the company. The handset is packed with navigation related customization starting with the home screen (Breeze UI) to the contacts and photo album. Build quality is pretty good (miles better than the M10 IMO) and the 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen was also really responsive. Like the vast majority of the mid-end smartphones launched this year the A50 is equipped with Qualcomm’s MSM7227 SoC clocked @ 600Mhz. Unfortunately the A50 doesn’t feature a standard 3.5mm audio jack and has a mini-sub connector (not micro-usb like it’s the norm now)

Motorola open to using Windows Phone 7 Series

According to Motorola‘s CEO Sanjay Jha who talked with the WSJ at MWC a few days ago, the company is now open to the idea of using Windows Phone 7 Series on some of their upcoming handset. Motorola announced last year that they were going to focus on Android and skip Windows Mobile 6.5 (and wait for Windows Mobile 7). At that time, Motorola was heavily involved in the early Windows Mobile 7 (Photon) development but decided to switch all their products to Android (instead of WM6.5) when Microsoft delayed the next generation OS 18Months ago.

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Windows Mobile 7 Beta aka Photon screenshots and video

Now that Windows Phone 7 Series has been unveiled and more info about the previeous version of WM7 (codenamed Photon) that was scrapped more than 18 months is starting to come too light. A couple of screenshots and a video have been posted on the XDA-Devs forums a couple of hours ago. Looking at thoes I think that we can all agree that Microsoft took the right decision… Check out the video here.

Source: XDA