The Acer A1 is scheduled for release in early fall. This will be this company’s first smartphone running Google’s Android operating system.
This will be the first of two models running Android that Acer has on the docket for 2009. When the second one will debut is not yet known, but is apparently aimed at the fourth quarter of this year.
Also unknown is most of the details on the A1, aside from the fact that it will have a touchscreen. It can be expected to have the standard suite of software that is part of this platform, including a highly-capable web browser and applications that tie in to Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google maps.
In addition, a few inferences can be drawn from the fact Acer has said it hopes to make smartphones that wireless carriers can release at very low prices — possibly even free with contract. With that goal in mind, this device is unlikely to offer cutting-edge features.
Windows Mobile, Too
Acer is making a big move into the smartphone market. Gianfranco Lanci, the company’s president, said not too long ago that smartphones could be responsible for up to 10% of Acer’s revenue in the future.
It isn’t going to use a single operating system to accomplish this; it intends to make smartphones with Android and Windows Mobile. It recently unveiled four new Windows phones with a variety of features.