T-Mobile Garminfone gets updated to Android 2.1 Eclair OS

Let’s face it, the Garminfone didn’t do much to really attract customers in buying one of the navigation-focused smartphones. Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped the Android OS updates from trickling out, and the four people who actually bought the Garminfone will be happy to know that the handset has been updated to Android 2.1 Eclair.

T-Mobile didn’t find it worthy of an OTA update, so if you’re looking to update your Garminfone, you’ll have to do it manually. Luckily, manually updating software is fairly easy on Android, and you can find out how to do so in the link below. Even after the update, the handset may not be your first choice in Android phones, but we’re definitely glad it has been given a nice step up with Android 2.1. Will this make the handset more desirable? Sure. Would we recommend it? Not really.

Any Android update that’s takes the Garminfone past Android 1.6 OS is a good thing, so there’s already some value being added to the handset. If you’re one of those who purchased the handset, you may want to update your software as soon as possible. If you’ve had no qualms with the Garminfone, then you’ll definitely realize what you’ve been missing all along.

It would be nice to see this handset get the Android 2.2 Froyo update at some point, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t. If a much older phone like the MyTouch 3G can receive Froyo, then the Garminfone should be able to handle the update. We’re not holding our breath, but it should have the guts inside to be able to support at least one more Android OS update.

If you’re ready to get your Eclair on for your Garminfone, hit up this link to find out how to install it!

[Via: Phandroid]

  • Lgundy

    how do you know you are on 2.1? Where to nav to that page

  • Avionicspro

    My wife and I upgraded to Android phones the same day (I opted for the Garminfone) and one of the first things that I recognized was how much better the software was in the Vibrant over the Garmin. Hands down love the GPS, I’ve been able to test the various makes and models, and to have one built with what I consider the best GPS software this for me was a good deal.
    Bring in the new Android update. This software package delivered! It has a much better interface, more home screens, options and no more relying on widgets for quick links. Sure enough I have found glitches in the software (my contact specific ring tones sometimes jump contacts or goes to the default ringer when someone calls), but all in all it was a much needed and well deserved update. Too bad they didn’t do this sooner I’ve met a lot of people that thought about this phone and decided against because of the software reviews.

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