Acer, the Taiwan-based international computer company, has recently announced its desire to develop a smartphone based on Google’s Android platform. Monday, the company announced that the phone is due to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
As the world’s third largest PC vendor, it was quite a surprise when the company announced its entry in the smartphone race. With the competitive atmosphere of this market, lots of companies have held back in entering it. However, Acer took the next step and said it planned to launch a smartphone running Android software, but had not previously made the time frame so clear. A number of companies have rushed to jump on the Google Android bandwagon on hopes the mobile operating system will gain acceptance by users and help them build market share.
So far, only a handful of companies have announced Android smartphones, including High Tech Computer (HTC), which has already launched three. China’s Huawei Technologies and South Korean mobile phone giant Samsung Electronics have already said they’re making smartphones that use Android.
Aside from developing their own phones based on Android, Acer will also join the Open Handset Alliance, which was formed to promote Android.