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Report: 2010 Acer smartphone lineup will be 50% Android

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

According to a DigiTimes report today, newcomer to the smartphone market Acer will concentrate on releasing more Android devices. The source said it expects “at least half” of Acer’s new smartphones to launch with the open source mobile operating system next year, even though the company actually showed off mostly Windows Mobile 6.1 devices earlier this year.

Acer first announced support for Android earlier this year, and President and CEO Gianfranco Lanci said it was being tested on several different hardware solutions. Acer’s first Android device, the A1, is expected to come to market next month, but still has not been officially announced or specced.

All in all, it sounds very much like the path Motorola has reportedly chosen. After backing away from Windows Mobile this year, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha made a similarly noncommittal pledge to increase support for Android. Then, at least one analyst made the prediction that the company would be releasing no fewer than ten Android devices by the end of 2010, a number which could be anywhere from one-third to one-half of Motorola’s lineup for the year.

Motorola unveiled its first Android device, the Cliq, earlier this month and is counting down the days until it becomes available for T-Mobile pre-order in the US A second device has long been rumored to be on the way for Verizon.

Copyright Betanews, Inc. 2009

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