Acer to launch 8-10 smartphones in 2010, mostly Android based

Just like we reported a couple weeks ago, Acer is shifting its focus on Android based smartphones next year. According to sources Acer is set to launch between 8-10 smartphones next year with Android models likely to be slightly more than Windows Mobile-based ones.

Acer will outsource the production of three Android-based smartphones to Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), using ST-Ericsson PNX6719 3G chipset solutions for the entry-level segment, the sources said. On the other hand, Inventec Appliances will roll out entry-level Windows Mobile-based smartphones for Acer.
Acer will continue to develop in-house smartphone models for the mid-range to high-end segments using Qualcomm Snapdragon solutions, while sub-contracting the production of those models to Compal Communications on an EMS basis, the sources noted.
Acer is also considering in-house development of smartphones based on Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform (BMP) with an attempt to offer inexpensive models to compete with HTC (High Tech Computer) and also attract more interest from telecom carriers, the sources added.

It is also reported that Acer has added 30 members to their Android R&D team (from Mitac). The company seems to be mimicking HTC’s current 2010 strategy (more Android / less WinMo) and aiming at the very low end with a BrewMP device like the HTC Touch.B. For Microsoft, everything will depend on the development of Windows Mobile 7,as it was previously reported Acer is supposedly a WM7 launch parter (just like HTC)

Source: DigiTimes

LG eXpo hardware video tour

The boys at Pocketnow just posted a hardware tour video of the recently released Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the LG eXpo (iQ / Monaco). The device looks well build as it is usually the case with LG’s phone, the only thing “missing” IMO is a capacitive touch-panel instead of the resistive one featured here. Once you’ve gone capacitive there’s no going back…

Source: Pocketnow

Samsung Omnia II review and teardown video

Here’s another Verizon Samsung Omnia II (i920) courtesy of Engadget. As it was stated beofre in previous reviews; Samsung’s TouchWiz 2 UI isn’t really the best around especially on Windows Mobile:

True, the Windows Mobile experience varies from phone to phone — so it’s not like we didn’t expect TouchWiz to be all over this thing. We’ve had plenty of opportunities to play with various iterations of Samsung’s beloved UI over the course of the year, from the odd dumphone to the Android-powered Behold II, and the implementation has been at best unremarkable, at worst a major inconvenience. With the Samsung Ultra Touch we encountered a more-than-capable phone that did little to excite us, but would be more than suitable for the target demographic. With the Behold II, we were taken aback: a more than capable OS was rendered less-than-useful by pervasive (and at times ill-considered) skinning. Sadly, it seems that the downward spiral has continued apace with the marriage of TouchWiz 2 and WinMo 6.5.

Read the whole thing here has also posted a short teardown video of the device:

HTC Nexus One vs iPhone & HTC Hero size comparison + 5 minutes video walkthrough

Some more HTC Nexus One action coming our way, this time in the form of a 5 minutes long video walkthrough and some size comparison pictures of the Nexus One vs the iPhone nd HTC Hero:

Android 2.1 is screaming fast thanks to the Snapdragon chipset.