Acer Android here in 2009
The latest in a series of supporting and conflicting reports of an Android-powered smartphone from Acer coming to market before the year is out has the traditional PC maker officially confirming an Android handset is indeed coming. The head of the company's phone unit, Aymar de Lencquesaing, told reports in Paris on Wednesday that one of the 10 or so new smarpthones from Acer due for release this year will run on the Google-developed Android operating system, according to a report.
Acer DX650 and X960
Acer's smartphone plans at Mobile World Congress will involve at least two handsets, if a pair of leaks are accurate. The DX650 would be a unique dual-sided phone which, like the Samsung UpStage, puts a dedicated number pad and small screen (here an OLED) on the back to make calls easier. The Acer offering is a true smartphone with a 2.8-inch touchscreen and Windows Mobile 6.1 providing full app support on the phone's front.
Acer to intro DX900 phone
Acer may not be unveiling just one new smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Spain on February 16th or soon thereafter as this photo leak proves. The new Acer handset is a rebranded version of the E-Ten Glofiish DX900 and is the result of Acer's buyout of the smaller company in 2008.. The two differ only in a few superficial aspects, such as new colors on the exterior.
Acer Smartphone Teaser
Acer today sent out a teaser invitation to Pocket-lint and others that confirms the company's plans to enter into smartphones. The message provides few clues but says Acer's CEO as well as its handheld chief will introduce a smartphone the evening of February 16th, or the start of the Mobile World Congress phone show in Barcelona.
Acer Smartphone in 2009
Acer is on track to release its first smartphones in the early part of next year, the company says. Following up on its buyout of cellphone company E-TEN in the spring, the PC builder now says it hopes to have the first phones under its own name to ship before the end of March and hopes to launch them first within Western Europe and Russia, with other areas following later.
E-Ten phones at Computex
Cellphone maker E-Ten has debuted a trio of new Glofiish phones at the Taiwanese Computex expo. Leading these according to MobileBurn is the X900, a touchscreen device running the professional version of Windows Mobile 6.1. Although the device also has HSDPA broadband, its primary feature may be the style of touch control, which is said to resemble the TouchFLO interface used on HTC's Touch handsets. A difference is that the X900 uses 3D effects and large icons better suited to fingers.
Acer Buys E-TEN
Acer today said it would acquire E-TEN, best known for its relatively successful Glofiish line of smartphones. The deal is described as worth more than $290 million and is primarily intended to help Acer explore "entirely new solutions" in the mobile world, according to the purchasing company. Both companies' executive teams have approved the deal and say they expect the necessary government approval to clear by the summer of this year.
E-Ten V900 M810 Official
E-Ten on Monday rolled out two of its promised updates to its Glofiish smartphones in advance of the Mobile World Congress show next week. The now formally launched V900 is the company's first-ever mobile TV phone and is one of the few from any manufacturer to support more than one standard: it handles both DVB-H (handheld) and DVB-T (terrestrial) signals in Europe as well as T-DMB in Korea; it can also handle DAB digital radio. This makes the large-screened phone an ideal fit for international football (soccer) fans who may want to catch the game away from a fixed TV, E-Ten says.
E-Ten V900 Leak
E-Ten plans to make its first aggressive step into media-friendly phones by tapping digital broadcasts, according to samples obtained by the forums of Russian fan site EtenClub. The V900 will reportedly be one of the few devices to support multiple digital over-the-air formats at once with Europe's DVB-H (handheld) and DVB-T (terrestrial) supported alongside Korea's T-DMB standard; DAB audio broadcast support for the UK will also be standard. A small front camera points to the device supporting 3G Internet access. US support is unknown, though historical evidence would suggest full support for both calling and AT&T's 3G (HSDPA) network.
E-Ten Glofiish V900
Continuing a rapid expansion of the Glofiish line, E-Ten has published the very first news of the V900, which may be the most advanced Glofiish to date. The information comes from a flyer advertising E-Ten's presence at the 3GSM World Congress, which is scheduled for February 11th to the 14th in Barcelona, Spain. The V900 is pictured in the lower-right corner, and is sold as providing "live TV on the move" via DVB-H and T-DMB. It also supports terrestrial TV via DVB-T, and digital radio over DAB.
E-Ten Glofiish X650 phone
E-Ten has announced yet another version of its Glofiish smartphone, the X650. Based on the existing X600, the phone returns VGA resolution to a 2.8-inch touchscreen, but there no longer appears to be any sort of cellular broadband. Connection types do, however, continue to include GSM, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as a native GPS system. Other hardware in the 650 includes a 500MHz Samsung processor, 256MB of flash storage, and a two-megapixel camera.