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.
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.
Liquid A1 smartphone that will be the first Android device to run the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The device sports a touchscreen and HSPA connectivity.
Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform. Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others". Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year. Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.
Android-powered netbooks in Q3 2009. That official launch window is still months away, but the top netbook maker on the planet was showing the machine off at Computex. The Acer Aspire One D250 was spied at the show running Android as its operating system. Acer was fast to point out that the rig seen wasn't the actual product but merely a test bed system. Another Android-powered machine has popped up as well.
has confirmed that it will be the first company to ship Android-based netbooks, with the budget ultraportables expected to hit the market in Q3 2009. The Android netbooks will go on sale alongside Acer's Windows-based range, rather than replacing it, and be based on Intel's Atom processor. According to Acer's global president for IT products, Jim Wong, "today's netbooks are not close to perfection at all" and that "if we do not continue to change our mobile internet devices, consumers may not choose them any more." However there's still work to be done fettling Android in its netbook guise: "we'll still have to see what kind of applications the Android software can run on and how stable it will be" commented Vincent Chen, an analyst at Yuanta Securities. No specific release dates have been shared, beyond the Q3 window, and Wong declined to comment on possible pricing. Analysts have previously estimated that a Windows XP license adds $25 to the cost of the average netbook; Microsoft have justified that by claiming buyers are looking for a similar mobile environment as they are used to on their desktops. Earlier this year, Compal - the OEM behind Acer's Aspire One netbooks - were tipped to be developing an Android netbook.
Philippine Business Mirror newspaper are today reporting that Acer are planning to launch their first Android powered handset. The release of the model due in September of this year.
Orange France and sometime in April for Vodafone UK. In case you're wanting to keep closer tabs on this bleak global economic state, Google has released an official app for Android to help you do just that. Google Finance is available in the Android Market now for the very appropriate price of $0.00, but only to users in the US. The software has limited stock market support (for now), though the major US indices are covered in near-real time. More companies are looking at Android as a new and powerful mobile OS for their upcoming devices. Acer has been surrounded by talks and comments regarding the possibility of Android powering their two forthcoming handsets. No concrete answer was given when asked directly if Android was the choice, but an OS other than Windows Mobile was said to definitely be in the cards. Still needing some feature bumps since its original debut in 2006, Road's S101 HandyPC is rumored to have switched gears from a Linux distro to Android as its OS of choice. Yuhua have also followed up their design of General Mobile's DLST1 handset with the Xphone-SDK concept. While only a concept at this point, the phone is limited to EDGE connectivity. Considering Android's dependence on 'cloud' computing, this may pose a problem with potential slow-downs. Potentially ground-shaking news is Android's perceived ability to give Apple's OS X Touch (iPhone) a run for its money by 2012. Industry analysts are predicting that current economic conditions paired with Android's non-commitment to a particular carrier or handset manufacturer will give it the extra boost it needs to catch up with Apple. Also considered was the fact that Smart phones have outsold notebook PCs for the first time ever, possibly signaling more powerful mobile platforms providing the majority of functionality that people need away from their desks. While OS X Touch is somewhat limited in its ability to multitask, Android can accomplish multiple things at once. This could also draw mobile professionals with the need to get more work done while on the go.
Acer smartphone boss Aymer De Lencquesaing has escalated talks today that Acer may be developing an Android phone in 2009. Previous suggestions were made at the Mobile World Congress although now developments seem a touch more solid. Acer unveiled a number of smartphones during the Mobile World Congress. Now another two are scheduled for the forth quarter of 2009. When asked whether the new models would be using an alternative operating system to Windows Mobile De Lencquesaing said, "there is a possibility, yes." Although no concrete 'yes' or 'no' was given about whether said operating system would be Android, there are not many other choices available unless Acer is looking to jump in with the Symbian Foundation. So this is what we know: Acer are bringing out another two models in late 2009, they might not be operating with Windows Mobile, this might mean the integration of Google's OS and with this, Acer becoming part of the Android Open Handset Alliance. It is only March, looks like we are in for a wait to find out. [via Electricpig]