Garmin CFO Kevin Rauckman stated on the 9th that Garmin may be leaving the mobile phone part of its business on the side of the highway. Garmin has released exactly one Android phone that was met with limited success, to put it nicely. They released the Garminphone with an outdated version of Android and put it on the 4th largest (out of 4) wireless carrier in the US (T-Mobile). The cards were definitely not stacked in their favor.


At one point in time, I'm sure this phone would have been a break-away hit but, now that every phone has GPS navigation, the Garminphone has become completely irrelevant. Now that navigation is an assumed feature on most phones, especially smartphones, making that the primary aspect of the Garminphone may have been its undoing. Had they focused more on other aspects of the phone or released it with a current version of Android the story may have ended differently.

As it stands right now, Garmin may have removed themselves from the smartphone market and some people might actually notice. There is a comment section below; tell us what you think. Did you love or hate the Garminphone? Is this a bad thing?