Acer confirmed it will release a smartphone running Google's Android platform this year. Speculation had been building since the company unveiled its lineup of Windows Mobile-based handsets at Mobile World Congress in February that the computer maker would also produce an Android phone.
So far, all of the company's Windows Mobile phones run on a widget-based version Windows Mobile 6.1. However, Acer has said it plans to release more phones later this year, most likely in the third or fourth quarter, running on Windows Mobile 6.5. The head of Acer's phone unit said the company will relaese a total of 10 phone models this year, with nine running Windows Mobile, according to Reuters.
Acer joins a growing crowd of handset vendors promising Android, including Samsung and Motorola. HTC also has said it will release two more Android phones this year, in addition to the already-announced Magic smartphone.
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