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Acer working on Windows Phone 7 handsets

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Acer working on Windows Phone 7 handsets

It may be late to the party, but Acer has finally confirmed its plans to join the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG and a few other top names in making handsets for Windows Phone 7.

In an interview with All Things Digital, Acer head honcho Gianfranco Lanci spilled the beans on why the Taiwanese tech giant did not commit to the platform initially and what changed its mind.

He said: “Today we are mainly Android, but we are also working on Windows Phone 7.

“We saw a lot of limitations on Windows Phone a couple of years ago and we moved to Android because of user experience, and even the possibility to be a little more creative from a content offering and so forth is better than on the Windows phone.

“If we look at Windows Phone 7, today, I think we see the same opportunity you can see on Android in terms of customisation.”

We are not sure what exactly he means by customisation. On Android, this usually involves the handset makers slapping a custom user interface on top of the actual OS, mainly to differentiate their products from those of rivals’. But in the case of Windows Phone 7, we can’t imagine Microsoft being okay with any sort of tweaking to its much-lauded tile-based UI. However, we could certainly see it allowing a completely new, secondary home screen placed to left of the current home screen.

Microsoft has already confirmed that a major update for the platform is imminent and we suspect it could bring the ability to create and customise additional home screens.

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