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This year's 15 most anticipated mobile technologies

From smartphones to mobile operating systems


We've rounded up the 15 most highly anticipated mobile technologies set to appear later this year.

Garmin Nuvifone A50

A joint effort between Garmin and Asus, the nuvifone A50 is a globetrotter's dream phone.

The Android-based A50 includes Garmin navigation software with turn-by-turn voice directions for walking or driving.

Because the maps are stored on the device, you can navigate even while roaming out of the country or if you lose your signal.

The A50 has a crisp, bright 3.5in HVGA capacitive touchscreen (perfect for map reading), a touch qwerty keyboard, a 3Mp camera with geotagging, and 4GB of memory, as well as an expandable microSD slot.

The nuvifone A50 will be available in Europe in the first half of 2010, but pricing has not yet been announced.

HP Compaq AirLife 100

The HP Compaq AirLife 100 melds smartphone technology with netbook usability. Powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, this super-portable smartbook boasts a 10.1in AMOLED touchscreen, an almost full-size keyboard, and version 1.6 of the Android OS.

It also has 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity, as well as a front-facing 0.3Mp VGA webcam.

I had some hands-on time with the AirLife at the show and was impressed by its ease of use and responsiveness.

NEXT PAGE: The MeeGo OS and the Motorola Quench

  1. From smartphones to mobile operating systems, we can't wait for these products to appear in 2010
  2. HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini
  3. Garmin Nuvifone A50 and HP Compaq AirLife 100
  4. The MeeGo OS and the Motorola Quench
  5. Opera Mini on the iPhone and Samsung Bada
  6. Samsung Wave and the Xperia X10 Mini Pro
  7. Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro and Docomo's eye-controlled earphones
  8. HTC Desire



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