Today Acer formally launched its new “Liquid” line of Android powered smartphones.  Though the press release, found after the jump, fails to mention the new phone by name, we have every reason to believe that this is the A1 we’ve seen before, due to its specs. As to those specs, we know the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, and HSPA 3G data.  We also know that it runs Android 1.6 (Donut), which has added support for new screen resolutions.  The company also mentions integration of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Picasa, and Flickr…

Back in March we attended a UK Press Launch for Acer’s up-coming smartphone range. At the time it seemed to focus a lot on Windows Mobile, and this was justified because Acer believed there to be a good level of synchronisation between Windows computer and Windows mobile devices. This is clearly a priority for them. However, during the event I asked some probing questions into the likelihood of Android on an Acer device, and the responses were both agreeable and enlightened. Acer were not too cagey about the matter and since then we’ve reported on how the Philippines based Business…

As the title would suggest, there are a couple of interesting applications that will make their way to Android in the coming months. First to receive a mention is eReader, a Barnes & Noble Company. eReader is effectively the world’s largest eBook store, even if they say so themselves. It offers a huge range of eBooks for your iPhone, Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm Treo and Centro or any Symbian mobile phone. Soon to make it onto that short list will be any Android device. We can expect to see eReader for Android popping up later on this…

According to Digitimes, Acer chairman JT Wang has said that Acer’s upcoming Android powered netbook computers will actually ship with both Android and Windows pre-loaded in a dual-boot configuration. To me, that seems to imply that they aren’t going to put as much effort into tweaking Android for netbooks as they could.  At least not right away.  The company appears to be hedging its bets, and in doing so it gives up the US$25 or $30 savings it could have gained by not loading a Microsoft OS. This is a bit of a let-down.  The company could have offered Android…

In a bit of an unexpected turn of events, Acer announced that it will start offering Android based netbooks in Q3 of this year – before it gets Android based smartphones out the door. Acer’s Jim Wong was quoted by Reuters as saying the following at the Computex show in Taiwan: “Today’s netbooks are not close to perfection at all. In two years, it will all be very different.  If we do not continue to change our mobile Internet devices, consumers may not choose then any more.” Few details were provided other than the Q3 time frame and the fact…

Today Acer issued a press release announcing that it has officially joined the Open Handset Alliance.  The OHA is the organization founded by Google and others that supports the Linux based Android smartphone operating system. Acer also said in the announcement that it expects to launch Android based devices in the fourth quarter of this year.  The full press release is available after the jump.

In a spate of small but perfectly formed Android news updates, we bring you word of a confirmed Android device from Acer in late 2009. The third largest PC manufacturer has been hinting at this possibility for some while now and even confirmed their intent. Now we finally have a time-frame to match, currently set for later this year. Obviously, other than a rough date, very little else has been said so far, but we’ll keep our ear to the ground and let you know when the updates roll in. It has now become apparent that Motorola may have more…

We reported last week that Acer’s head of mobile phones, Aymar de Lencquesaing, said that his company was working on Android based smartphones.  This week we have the IDG News Service reporting that Acer’s CEO, Gianfranco Lanci, has confirmed this at Acer’s Q1 investor’s conference in Taiwan today. “We are working on an Android solution for the smartphone.  I think it’s too early to say if we’re going to see Android on a netbook in the near future.” According to the IDG story, Acer plans to have the first smartphone running Android available this year. [via TalkAndroid]

Back in March we attended an Acer press launch for their slew of upcoming mobile devices this year as they attempt to break into the mobile smartphone market. Back then we asked the question that was on everyone’s lips; “Will you be launching an Android device”. The resounding answer was “not yet”, but unlike some companies, they were perfectly amenable to speculating and talking about the possibility. Since then, towards the end of the same month, we reported on rumours that Acer may actually be planning an Android smartphone (code name A1) as early as September this year. Well the…

Over at Gearlog, part of the PC Magazine family, Sascha Segan has received an informed update from Lance Ulanoff (editor-in-chief) reporting at the exclusive Acer event held in the Liberty Science Centre in Jersey City. Following Lance’s Twitter, he reports that Acer have actually experimented with Android on the Desktop computer. In fact, they allegedly have a working prototype, but it isn’t quite ready. “Acer says Android has a chance on desktop, adding they already have a prototype. But not quite ready.” Ready for what? Mass consumption by those left in the void between Windows, Ubuntu and MAC? We’re not…