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Garmin Nuvifone Finally Shipping in Asia

After nearly two years of waiting Garmin has announced that the Asus-built Nuvifone will ship to Taiwanese shelves on July 27. About time, you say? We hear you.

In May, Garmin announced that the device was delayed yet again. First appearing in January 2008 and slated for a Q3 release, it was rescheduled for a June 2009 release. With that deadline fast approaching, Garmin came clean and said we wouldn't see the phone until the second half of 2009.

At the time, Garmin COO Cliff Pemble cited the complexities of smartphones as the reason for all the delays. “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.”

Well it looks like Asus and Garmin finally figured it all out. The phone that is. They haven't quite figured out when they're going to send the device this way but we'll let you know if we hear anything.

Anyone else getting tired of waiting? Let us know so we're not alone in our fast-fading anticipation.