Acer goes with Android for smartphones, netbooks

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Acer will release smartphones and netbooks using Google's Android mobile operating system (OS) later this year.

The firm announced it had joined Android development group the Open Handset Alliance and confirmed that Acer smartphones based on the Google mobile OS were set for release in the fourth quarter.

"Android is a complete and open mobile phone software stack, featuring an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. It includes everything a manufacturer or operator needs to build a mobile phone," Acer said in a statement.

"Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a handset has to offer," it added.

Acer must really love Android, as it also announced at Computex that it would release a netbook running the Google mobile OS in the third quarter of the year.

Dow Jones quoted Acer's president of IT products Jim Wong as saying at the show that the OS offered an "incredibly fast wireless connection to the internet."

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