Despite the fact that Garmin and Asus have broken up their smartphone partnership, devices from the short-lived venture will apparently continue to see support, with T-Mobile’s Garminfone (a.k.a. the nuvifone A50) recently getting an upgrade to Android 2.1 Eclair. Unfortunately for the masses of Garminfone owners, the firmware isn’t being pushed to devices over-the-air, but must instead be downloaded from a site that’s currently spitting back an error. In other words, the only surefire way to upgrade from the 1.6 Donut which shipped with the handset is to message someone over at T-Mobile’s dedicated forum in the hopes of being sent a hosted third-party download link.
The hassle does seem to be worth it, though, as many users are reporting that Eclair breathed new life into their phones, making usage somewhat less frustrating than previously. However, no software update can change the device’s rather anemic hardware, which includes a 600MHz processor, HVGA resolution, and just 256MB of both RAM and ROM.
After poor sales of all five nuvifone models, Garmin and Acer decided to call it quits late last month, reportedly giving Garmin the green light to begin offering software versions of its navigation services on other platforms like iOS.