Navigating online and on-the-road: Opera is on board the new nüvifone M20 from Garmin-Asus

Taipei, Taiwan – August 20, 2009

Garmin-Asus and Opera today announced that the Opera Mobile 9.5 Web browser has been selected to complete the trio of tools on the nüvifone M20, a powerful, new navigation and communication device that seamlessly integrates Windows Mobile Pro, Garmin navigation and the Opera Mobile 9.5 Web browser. The nüvifone M20 was initially released in Taiwan on Aug 19 and later in Asia.

With Opera Mobile 9.5, users of the nüvifone M20 can get online while on the go, easily navigating their favorite Web sites with a few finger taps. Opera Mobile includes panning and zooming technology for better viewing of selected content, plus useful features such as auto-complete, a password manager and a pop-up handler. This allows busy professionals to type less and retrieve online information faster and more efficiently.

“Convenience and simplicity is at the heart of the nüvifone M20, and Opera is proud to play a part in the success of this device,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Garmin and ASUS are industry leaders in making products that truly help people in their everyday lives. This hybrid phone, composed of best-in-breed solutions, promises to keep you connected, no matter what you are doing or where you are. This is the phone we”ve been waiting for.”

With everything you need inside, the nüvifone M20 with Opera Mobile is designed with the multitasking professional in mind. Opera gives users the tools they need for efficient retrieving and sharing of information, including tabbed browsing, shared links and images via SMS/MMS, the ability to copy and paste text, as well as the convenience of calling a phone number directly from a Web page.

“With our promise of easy navigation, we wanted to bundle a browser on the nüvifone M20 that would help users get online and stay in touch as simply as possible. Web browsing is a key feature on this device, and we believe that a superior mobile Web experience will make the lives of busy people everywhere easier,” said Benson Lin, Vice President & General Manager, Personal Mobile Devices Business Unit, Asus Handheld Business Group. “The nüvifone M20 helps you navigate through the chaos of your life with smart solutions such as Opera Mobile.”


The nüvifone M20 will initially be released in Asia in mid August 2009. Additional markets will be named at a later date.

About Garmin-Asus

Garmin-Asus is a co-branded strategic alliance that enables Garmin Ltd. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. to combine their complementary resources to develop world-class LBS-centric mobile phones.

About Garmin Ltd.

The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

About ASUS

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek’s “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. ASUS was also selected by the Wall Street Journal Asia as No.1 in quality and service.

ASUS is a registered trademark of ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Garmin and nüvi are registered trademarks, and nüvifone and Ciao! are trademarks, of Garmin Ltd.