planning to launch around six new Android smartphones in the first half of
The news follows the launch
last week of Acer’s first Android handset – the Liquid smartphone - which went
on sale in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The PC vendor will ship five or six Android-based handsets in the first
half of 2010, according to Roger Yuen, vice president of Acer's smart handheld
business in Asia. As for Acer’s plans for the
second half of 2010 Yuen said: ‘We're still evaluating the second half.’
The Acer Android portfolio
will cover top, mid and low-end price levels and will include models aimed at
business users as well as consumers, Yuen said.
Yuen declined to pinpoint
when Acer's second Android mobile phone will be available.
Liquid’s launch signals
Acer’s shift from Microsoft Mobile to Android based phones. Last year it
produced ten handsets of which nine were on Windows Mobile.
Acer has already announced
its plans to expand into mobile. It aims
to be one of the top five handset manufacturers within five years.
Liquid sports a
3.5-inch touchscreen wiith a Qualcomm 8250 Snapdragon chipset inside, will be
available in Europe by the first quarter,Yuen
said. At present it is only available through operators in Asia.
"We have several
operators we are talking to both in Asia and in Europe,"
he said. "We will be announcing [those deals] shortly, within the next
month," he added.
Acer has also introduced a new
Android application - Spinlets, a streaming music and video service. The app
will allow users to listen to streaming music and watch videos free.