Acer: Android Netbook Q3, Phone in Q4

acer_logoWe’ve known for quite some time now that Acer had been taking a look at Android.  Just how close of a look though was not that clear – until yesterday.  Apparently, Acer liked Android enough to join the Open Handset Alliance and pledge their support.  This puts them in league with other recent players like Toshiba, Asustek, and Garmin.

The world’s 3 largest PC brand is now only a matter of weeks from shipping netbooks running Android.  Without knocking other products like SkyTone’s Alpha 680, this feels like the first legitimate run at a netbook.  No details have been given on what to expect in the device other than it runs using the Intel Atom processor.

The 4th quarter of the year will see Acer’s first handset released.

As a member of the Open Handset Alliance, Acer will work with its members to contribute to the development of the Android platform and bring consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today’s mobile platforms. By joining the OHA, Acer demonstrates its support for Android as an open mobile platform and its commitment to Android’s commercial success.  Acer… expects to launch smartphones based on the Android platform in the fourth quarter of this year. – excerpted from press release

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