updated 07:50 am EST, Tue December 22, 2009
Acer to downplay Win Mobile next year
More than half of the 8 to 10 smartphones planned by Acer for the coming year will run Android and not Windows Mobile, a leak claims today. The company has officially said only that the mix will be more "balanced" towards Android versus the just one phone for 2009, but Taiwan phone industry contacts tell DigiTimes that just over half of these are likely to run Google's platform. At least three will be entry-level models that still support 3G, but others will run Qualcomm's fast Snapdragon processors.
Acer hasn't commented on the rumor.
The news if true would represent another symbolic blow to Microsoft, which has been steadily losing business for Windows Mobile as its aging platform has been dropped in favor of more modern software. While Palm's decision to switch to its own webOS has long been planned, others like HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have scaled back their Windows Mobile phone development to where Android or other platforms have a greater influence. Motorola has gone so far as to rule out Windows Mobile entirely until at least Windows Mobile 7 in late 2010.