benq_logo_androidTaiwanese electronics manufacturer BenQ announced earlier today that it plans to put out an Android powered smartphone and possibly an Android powered netbook next year.  The announcement was reported by IDG News’ Dan Nysted:

The company hopes to market an Android-based smartphone next year, a BenQ representative said, as it attempts to rebuild its name in mobile phones. A netbook based on Android is also in the works, but its makeup hasn’t yet been decided.

BenQ made a splash in the smartphone arena when it took over German manufacturer Siemens’ ailing cell phone division.  The company sold phones under the BenQ-Siemens brand for some time, but pulled out of the European and North American markets in late 2006 and currently focuses on Asia, where it sells Windows Mobile based devices under the BenQ name.