Acer Android Netbook By October

acer-aspire-netbookYesterday, Acer joined the Open Handset Alliance with intentions to bring an Android Phone(s) by 4th Quarter and we also saw a prototype Acer Smartbook running Android. Well the Acer news keeps pouring in because the company is now saying it will launch an Android Netbook or Android Smartbook or whatevery you want to call it by in 3rd Quarter 2009! That means July, August or September ladies and gentlemen.

Be excited. Be very excited.

Don’t be excited JUST for the launch of Acer Andriod Netbooks but also for every single Acer Netbook running Microsoft Windows as well:

“Netbooks are designed to be compact in size and easy to connect to the Internet wherever you go,” Jim Wong, Acer’s president of IT products, said in a statement. “The Android operating system offers incredibly fast wireless connection to the internet; for this reason, Acer has decided to develop Android Netbooks for added convenience to our customers.”

The Taiwanese manufacturer said the majority of Acer Netbooks will come with Android as an alternative operating system to Microsoft’s Windows.
(via cnet)

So pretty much every Acer Andriod Smartbook/Netbook (this naming thing …) will be available with Android as the OS if not already preloaded. Sweet.

PS: This also means that fellow Podcaster Spencer Gardner owes our other fellow Podcaster Joey Sochacki an Android Phone in 3rd Quarter if Acer follows through. Although Spencer may be going on a 2-year trip… will Joey cut him a break? Find out in our next Podcast which will take place who the heck knows when!

[Via WSJ]

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  • BigHeat

    The link you have to the “Acer Smartbook running Android” is actually the “ASUS Smartbook running Android.” No worries, though, with the news coming so fast from these two I had them mixed up until I read that Acer is using the Intel Atom processor and the demo was from Qualcomm.

    All good stuff!!!

  • Maj

    they need to show us really what android for a netbook is capable of, so far we’ve seen a asus laptop running android but the UI looks the same and nothing was enhanced to adapt with the large screen and they didnt show us softwares it will offer

  • Phil

    I just find this all hilarious. While the Windows fanboys are talking about Win7 taking over the netbook market netbook OEM’s are rushing to get out Android based netbooks. With 20 phones out there by the years end the Android interface will hardly be foreign. People will buy these netbooks and it will open the market for other Linux based netbooks as well. Then we’ll start having some real competition in the PC market at least on netbooks.

  • Phil

    I can’t wait to buy a smartbook running Android. I just love the idea that it will be ultra low powered, batteries will last forever and it’s still got some beefy processing. Exactly what a netbook/smartbook is all about.

  • Jack

    Personally, I am not very excited by this news. I am a huge fan of linux and Android. But, I think the we need to be rallying around Ubuntu UNR as the netbook standard OS. Having two will just confuse users/consumers. And, it is not clear to me how easily it will be for android apps to work on normal Linux distros that use X.Org. So, it could be that android get a lot of developer attention but it doesn’t help Linux as a whole at all.

  • http://www.franciscog.com Francisco

    I’m also a little bit cautious. I agree with post #2-Maj, I don’t know how well this OS will translate to a bigger device. Will there be a netbook version of Android?

    But, I’m glad more major companies are looking at open source operating systems. I hope that it brings the price down because the customer isn’t paying for the license fee to the OS.

  • http://phandroid dondarryl

    What cell phone carriers will have it and what is the specs