Acer Liquid A1

Acer Liquid A1 is a Step Closer to Launch in the US After Passing the FCC with AT&T 3G Bands

Now that the Android-based Acer Liquid A1 is on sale in the UK, many Americans are hoping to get their hands on that nice smartphone. Well, some of them might get their which granted now that the Liquid A1 has passed the FCC. Apparently, the first Acer Android smartphone; the Acer Liquid A1 was spotted at the FCC's testing. Not only that, but it also appears to have complete support for the 850 and 1900MHz bands, which happen to be the same 3G bands that the DeathSta... errr, AT&T use here in the US. So far there's no word from AT&T or Acer on this matter, and of course the FCC isn't saying anything either. Will the Acer Liquid A1 be the first Android smartphone from AT&T is yet to be seen. But for those who want this Android phone, is good to know that is one step closer to be release in America.

The Android-based Acer Liquid A1 is Now on Sale in the UK

Finally, the first Android-based Acer smartphones, named "Liquid A1", went up for sale in the United Kingdom as of yesterday. We already knew about retailer Clove taking orders for the Acer Liquid A1 since mid-November. But there's also another retailer selling this phone too. So now there are actually 2 retailers selling the first Acer Android smartphone in the UK; Expansys and Clove. Expansys is offering it for £339.99 ($554) including taxes, while Clove is selling the same device for a lower price; £328.90 ($536), not much, but is still cheaper, and that's always good. Now, the last time we heard from Clove on this Acer phone, they had a Qualcomm 8250 1GHz processor on the features list, but now, they have it with the same Snapdragon processor at only 768Mhz. This might have something to do with the capacity of the battery (1350mAh). And unfortunately, the Acer Liquid A1 will run Android Donut (1.6) instead of the Eclair (2.0).

Expect More Android-based Acer Phones by Next Year

So Acer has their first Android phone named Acer Liquid A1 already in the UK. Now, it appears that they are planning on launching more Android-based phones by next year, according to Reuters. Aymar de Lencquesaing - Acer's head of mobile phone products - told Reuters in an interview, that they expect to reach a 'milestone' of 1 million handsets sold next year. As of now, Acer has 9 cellphones using Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, and just one using the Android OS. But that's about to change, as Acer plans to introduce more Android phones to the market by next year. Next is what Aymar de Lencquesaing said, when questioned about their plans on Android phones:
Next year it will be much more balanced. There is definitely momentum behind Android. The pace is faster than most would have anticipated one year ago.
He also said that Acer has no plans to make dozens or even hundreds of cellphones like bigger companies do. De Lencquesaing said Acer's "sweet spot is probably 8-10 devices, there we would feel comfortable." He said that the fast-growing smartphone industry it's a crowded market place, but believes there's still benefit to PC makers like Acer.

Preview: Acer Liquid A1 Snapdragon To Be Underclocked

Arne Hess over at the::unwired has been playing with the Acer Liquid and has put together a “preview” review of this upcoming new Android phone. And the Acer Liquid will also have the Snapdragon processor as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, but apparently - and unfortunately for many - it will be underclocked. Acer's first Android smartphone features a unique WVGA touchscreen at 800x480 pixel, and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at either 900/1800/2100 MHz (European version) or 850/1900/2100 MHz (North American version). The smartphone will have WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR as well as aGPS, thrown in the mix are a digital compass and a G-sensor as well as a light sensor. So all that sounds real good right? The bad news is, the company have apparently underclocked the CPU to 768MHz. And if that is not enough of bad news, here's another one, it will not ship with the newest and coolest Android 2.0, instead, it will arrive with Android 1.6. Something good out of all this, at least for those who need Exchange support, is that it will bundle the excellent RoadSync Exchange client, which includes RoadSync Calendar and RoadSync Mail.

Acer Liquid A1 gets hands on treatment

I mentioned that Acer Liquid A1 Android smartphone that tipped up earlier this week before. The handset looks cool and the first time we laid eyes on it all we could see were a few still photos of the device. Today a full hands on has tipped up to give us a bit more of an idea what the device is like.