PC and laptop manufacturer Acer is planning to launch its Android powered phone this year.
The head of the Acer’s phone unit Aymar de Lencquesaing unveiled the company’s plan to compete with Android phones from Samsung and Sony Ericsson due later this year at a Reuters summit held yesterday.
Mr Lencquesaing also announced that Acer will launch nine other new mobile phones in 2009, all of which are to employ the Windows Mobile operating system.
Acer’s decision to diversify into phones is thought to have been influenced by the strong profit margins on offer compared with PCs.
Currently just two Android powered mobile phones are available in the UK, namely Vodafone’s HTC Magic and the T-Mobile G1.
However, impressive sales for the G1, which has now shipped over a million units worldwide, has prompted rival manufacturers to enter the Android phone market.
These include Sony Ericsson, which is expected to unveil its handset this summer, and Samsung whose I7500 was confirmed for release earlier this week.