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Acer plans Android phone in 2009

Company exec says it will sell ten models this year as it invests in growing smartphone industry

Acer, the world’s third-largest PC brand that recently entered the growing smartphone market, will sell ten different models this year including one powered by Google’s Android OS.

President of the company’s smart handheld division, Aymar de Lencquesaing, made the revelation at the Reuters Global Technology Summit, where he said only one model would run on Android instead of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS.

Lencquesaing added that Acer has prioritized around 40 operators to sell its phones through. "We're in discussions with all of them. To date none of them has said 'thanks, but no thanks, and never come back,'" he stated.

Additionally, the company had no plans to introduce mid-range feature phones but that it expects smartphone prices will fall quickly to similar levels.

"Late 2009, we're releasing a smartphone... full touch, at the price of feature phones today," he added.

Acer entered the market for smartphones only this year after it acquired Taiwan's portable device-maker Eten Information Systems Co. in 2008. The company has ambitions to grab 6 – 7% of the smartphone market in the next three years.