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. 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.