Acer to release Android smartphone
Following a number of Windows Mobile 6.5 based phones, smartphone market newcomer Acer has now announced its first Android model. It's based on a Snapdragon processor, likely clocked at 1 GHz, with 256 MB RAM. The Android 1.6 operating system (code named "Donut") is housed on its internal 512 MB Flash drive and there is a microSDHC slot for adding extra storage. The 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen has a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels.
The device uses a 7.2 Mbit/s HSDPA connection to connect to the Internet, but also offers WLAN and GSM/EDGE. Thanks to quad-band technology, the Liquid works on almost any GSM network anywhere in the world. The Liquid includes a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and supports geo-tagging using built-in A-GPS . The hardware spec is rounded off by Bluetooth, a 3.5 mm headset jack, an accelerometer and light sensors. Optimised energy management should achieve longer battery life.
Acer has not provided its own graphical user interface (GUI), as it did with the Acer UI 3.0 on its Windows Mobile devices, but it has added some of its own software to the operating system. This includes integrating web 2.0 services in the device's address book, so that users receive real-time notifications on contacts' status, or updates on Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. There is also a client for video service spinlets.com. The company has yet to reveal the Liquid's precise retail price, but it will be somewhere around €400 (£365). Some units are expected to be available in December, with larger quantities available from January.