It was hinted at
back in September, now the Chinese-language Economic Daily
is reporting that the Garmin-ASUS joint venture will end in January after the two-year deal
expires. We've heard this from our own sources as well. At that point, Asus will return to flooding the market with indistinguishable product iterations and Garmin will go back to watching GPS-enabled smartphones (and now tablets) eat away at the dedicated personal navigation device market. ASUS is expected to continue making GPS-enabled smartphones under the ASUS brand with Garmin providing navigation and mapping software.