Report: Acer to release 8 to 10 smartphones next year

Acer plans to release between eight and ten smartphone models next year, according to a DigiTimes report, and more of those gadgets will run Google's Android platform than Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.

The company plans to outsource production of three Android handsets as well as entry-level Windows Mobile phones, the report said, but will continue to work in-house on developing smartphones running Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. The report, which cited unnamed sources, also noted the company is considering developing phones with Qualcomm's Brew platform.

Earlier this month, Roger Yuen, vice president of Acer's smart handheld business in Asia, said the company plans to ship five or six Android phones in the first half of next year. The company just released its first Android phone, the Liquid, which has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel camera. European operators will begin selling the device in the first quarter, Yuen said.

Acer, which entered the smartphone market a little less than a year ago with a range of Windows Mobile devices, has so far not released any of its smartphones in the North American market.

An Acer spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For more:
- see this DigiTimes article
- see this IDG News Service article

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