Acer, in 2010 new smartphones only with Android – Macitynet.it
Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of the mobile phone sector at Acer, said that the company is planning to release 8 or 10 new smartphones for 2010 and all of them will use Android instead of Windows Mobile, the operating system for mobile devices with which historically Acer has always been tied. The production of three entry-level models will be entrusted to Foxconn International Holdings (HIH) and these will take advantage of ST-Ericsson's 3G PNX6719 chipset. Acer is also considering building smartphones based on Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform (BMP), offering competing models to HTC's and attracting the interest of large phone companies.
To strengthen its design capabilities in the mobile phone sector, Acer has recently hired 30 members of Mitac International (known in Italy for the Mio brand) in the research and development department to create specific models for the Android platform. According to rumors, Acer's current research and development department has between 400 and 500 employees and should be further expanded to 750 people.
The Taiwanese company has only a small percentage of the smartphone market but its plans include reaching 7% of the market in 3 or 5 years. Apple, as a comparison, managed to conquer 17% of the smartphone market in just 2 years from the introduction of the iPhone. (By Mauro Notarianni)