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]

This little nugget from DigiTimes doesn’t seem to be based on pure rumor and speculation – for once.  DigiTimes is quoting Tatung’s chairman, Weishan Lin, as saying that his company is developing an Android powered handset. Of course what DigiTimes piece would be complate without a large does of unattributed random speculation?  Fear not, because it is also reporting that Tatung InfoComm is the likely receiving of Tatung’s Android device.  Tatung InfoComm is one of Taiwan’s WiMAX license recipients.

DigiTimes is quoting “market sources” that tell it that it is likely that Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom will offer HTC’s second Android based phone to its customers in the second quarter of this year. For most of us, that device seems likely to be the HTC Sapphire that we’ve spotted on the net a few times. We expect to see the device officially announced in the middle of this month at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain.