It must seem a strange up and down world for Garmin, with their Linux-based Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 delayed again due to â€œcertification testingâ€, while their Windows Mobile-powered M20 seemingly simultaneously being cleared by the GSM Global Certification Forum.
Says Garmin president and COO, Cliff Pemble, â€œSmartphones are complicated and bringing one to market thatâ€™s built totally from the ground up on a custom Linux platform is not an easy task.â€
Of course anyone could have told him that from the start, which is the reason many companies choose a tried and tested platform like Windows Mobile to get their ideas to market as fast as possible.
One wonders what the real cost of the Linux platform is in this case, factoring in the cost of the numerous delays in what was going to be Garminâ€™s flagship handset. I bet those Windows Mobile license fees do not look so expensive now, do they?