News In Brief: Acer, Microsoft, Google, Motorola, RIM, Alca-Lu, Joost

Acer will launch an Android based smartphone and a netbook in December. The Liquid smartphone, will be the first to market with version 1.6 of Android, due in December.

Microsoft plans to launch a web services platform for mobile phones in China, in an effort to boost Bing's market share in the Baidu-dominated market.

Google has announced the first non-English version of its  voice search feature for mobile phones, in Mandarin. The new app would be available for Android-based phones “in the next few weeks” in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. It will also be available as a free iPhone and Symbian Series 60 app.

Networking solution provider Brocade and Motorola have partnered to co-develop WLAN, voice-over-WLAN, could computing and wireless broadband technologies.

RIM has launched the BlackBerry Storm2 in seven European countries, as well as South Africa, through operator partner Vodafone.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs has teamed with Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institut, and antenna supplier Kathrein to conduct the industry’s first live field tests of Coordinated Multipoint Transmission (CoMP) a new technology that will increase data transmission rates and help ensure consistent service quality and throughput on LTE and 3G networks. The live tests were carried out in a downtown area of Berlin as part of a joint research project sponsored by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) called Enablers for Ambient Services and Systems (EASY-C).

Kazaa, Skype and Joost founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have asked a federal court for an injunction against former Joost CEO Mike Volpi and Index Ventures, where he is now a partner, to prevent them from using trade secrets in their bid to acquire Skype from eBay.