Acer Liquid to get Android 2.0 upgrade shortly

According to several sources (Acer France being one of them), the recently released Acer Liquid Android smartphone will receive an Android 2.0 update in the not too distant future. Tracy & Matt also heard does whispers today:

We’ve just had confirmation, from a very reliable source, that the Acer Liquid that we reviewed recently will be eligible for an upgrade to Android 2.0!

Liquid users rejoice!

10 Minutes long HTC Nexus One video walkthrough

Here comes the best HTC Nexus One hands-on video availalbe on the net:

The UI may not be as sexy as HTC‘s Sense but it’s damn fast and Android 2.1 looks a heck of a lot better than WM6.5 (the camera app looks a little bit too much like the iPhone’s though..).

This second video shows the old Qualcomm Neocore OpenGL ES 1.0 techdemo (originaly developed for the MSM72XX SOC back in 2007). The final score isn’t impressible at all though….

The Acer Liquid running a SnapDragon clocked @768Mhz compared to 1Ghz on the Nexus One scores 34.7fps!

Source: Beheller

Acer Liquid reviewed

PhoneArena just posted their review of Acer’s Liquid Android device. As it was expected the most disappointing part of the device is the software. Acer didn’t really do anything to the native Android UI other than ad a multimedia player (nemoPlayer) and some rotating thumbnails on the side of the screen.

Similarly to Acer´s latest Windows phones, the Liquid A1 comes with capable hardware that, sadly, is not exactly backed up by elaborate interface personalization, but the difference to Windows Mobile is that Android tends to be more user-friendly barefooted.

What’s interesting though is that they were supposedly able to playback 720P video content on the device, something that the HTC HD2 with a SnapDragon clocked @ 1Ghz (compared to 768Mhz on the Liquid) has a hard time to do. Looks like Windows Mobile 6.X is the culprit here…

The only video format you can watch videos in, meaning without any issues, is MPEG4. We managed to play content with resolution of 1,280×720 pixels and the quality was pretty good.

Source: PhoneArena

Acer Liquid multimedia nemoPlayer walkthrough video

Some more Acer Liquid news for the day. Here’s a video walkthrough of the Liquid nemoPlayer which handles videos, music and pictures viewing. Looks kinda nice but definitely on the slow side.

Source: YouTube

The Acer Liquid hits the FCC, gets ready for US release

Only a few days after being launched in the UK the Acer Liquid has been cleared to land in the US. According to the FCC filing the device is equiped with the 850Mhz & 1900Mhz radio bands which means that it could be released on AT&T. Nothing has been announced yet but expect to see it in early 2010.

Source: FCC via Unwired

Acer Liquid unboxing and hands-on video

Looks like I was right in predicting that we are going to see some first hand user feedback on the Acer Liquid now that the deivce is available in the UK. Paul at Modoca just uploaded an unboxing and quick hands-on video today:

Sadly Acer didn’t really customize the Android UI (other than adding the weird looking rotating thumbnails & multimedia shortcuts) .

source: YouTube

Acer Liquid now available in the UK

Acer‘s first Android device, the Acer Liquid has now stated shippingin the UK; The first Android smartphone powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon SOC (clocked @768Mhz) is available at Expansys for £339.99 and at Clove for £328. We should start seeing the first user reviews soon I guess. It’s kinda strange that the device is availalbe before any “official” review is even published…

Source: AcerLiquid Blog

Acer to launch more android phones next year

Acer‘s first Android smartphone, the Acer Liquid, is fresh out of the gate and according to Aymar de Lencquesaing (Acer) this is the start of a long line of upcoming Android device set to launch in 2010:

Acer Inc started to sell its first mobile phone model running on Google’s Android software this week, and will introduce more Android handsets next year, the head of its phone unit said on Thursday.

The world’s second-largest PC brand entered the cellphone market this year with 10 models, with all but the Android phone using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system.

“Next year it will be much more balanced,” Aymar de Lencquesaing told Reuters in an interview.

“There is definitely momentum behind Android. The pace is faster than most would have anticipated one year ago,” he said, adding that the company had no plans to use other operating systems.

Android had 3.5 percent of the global smartphone market in the quarter ended September, compared with none 12 months earlier, while Microsoft saw its market share fall to 8.8 percent from 13.6 percent a year earlier, according to research firm Canalys.

De Lencquesaing said Acer had no plans to follow top cellphone makers, which introduce 50-100 new handsets each year.

“Our sweet spot is probably 8-10 devices, there we would feel comfortable,” he said.

As reported earlier, Acer is slowly shifting from Windows Mobile to Android, but should be one of Microsoft’s launch partner when Windows Mobile 7 finally rolls out.

Source: Reuters

Acer Liquid in-depth preview

Arne from the:unwired just posted an in-depth preview of the Acer Liquid Android smartphone. As we recently found out the Liquid has a SnapDragon chipset clocked at 768Mhz (instead of the default 1ghz) probably to have longer battery life. Arne notes that even-though he used a pre-release samplethe user experience was enjoyable, the device felt fast and din’t suffer from any major bug. He also takes a look at the tweaks Acer brought to the Android 1.6 (nothing major, just some added apps).

Also I was impressed by the tools and utilities Acer added. While keeping the Android flavor, Acer did a good job in enhancing Google’s Android platform wherever necessary. Sure, it’s not yet perfect, I would like to see an improved soft-keyboard as well as a kind of smart-dialing application for faster contacts access, but the multimedia and social networking integration makes the Acer Liquid a real fun device, which stays connected to your social networks. Now, all it needs is a Twitter client/integration also and it would be my perfect social media phone.

However, Acer also took care that it connects to Microsoft’s Exchange environment. While there’s no local sync option to Outlook, thanks to RoadSync, it easily connect to any Exchange server and therefore provides real-time push-mail, calendar and contacts synchronization, outside the Google-world.

Read the whole preview here

The Acer Liquid’s SnapDragon chipset will only be clocked at 768Mhz

Acer Liquid 768mhz
Contrary to what we thought, accoding to the presentation slide above,Acer’s first Android smartphone will only be clocked at 768Mhz instead of the default 1Ghz clock speed of the SnapDragon chipset. Strangely Acer neTouch is clocked @ 1Ghz same for the Toshiba TG01 and HTC HD2. I wonder why the Liquid is clocked lower..

Source: Revioo

Acer Liquid hands-on video, shipping in early December

GPS&Co uploaded their hands-on video of Acer‘s first Android smartphone (powered by the SnapDragon SOC), the Liquid. Sadly, besides the the multimedia carousel on the left and the Browser favorites on the right their won’t be any major customization done to the Android UI by Acer. The white version will start shipping in early December in France and the red one in January. Both will have Android 1.6 on board are will get an update to 2.0 at a later date accroding to Acer. The price will by around €350.

Source: GPS&Co

Short Acer Liquid hands-on video

Here’s a short hands-on video of the Acer Liquid samrtphone. As you can see the device is really snappy, thanks to the Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset. But a fast chipset doesn’t make a samrtphone any good if the software (and other hardware parts) are lacking, even if everybody’s new hip mobile OS, Android, is on board (see the Acer neoTouch reviews).

Via : YouTube

Acer Liquid hands-on video

Here’s a short hands-on video (in french) of Acer’s first Android phone the Liquid. You’ll able to see some of the UI tweaks that Acer did Android (not much thought and what is seen doesn’t look that good) but remember that the hardware and software aren’t finalized yet. The other piece of info is that the clock speed of the SnapDragon chip isn’t known yet and may not run at 1Ghz like the Acer neoTouch / F1, Toshiba TG01 and HTC HD2.

Source: Dailymotion

Frist pictures of the Acer Liquid Android smartphone

Here are the first hands-on pictures of Acer‘s newly announced Liquid which runs Android 1.6. As I expected the device is just a Acer neoThouch / F1 with a capacitive screen and Android instead of Windows Mobile 6.5. Though it isn’t surprising given the reports of Acer shifting to Android.

Source: Electricpig

Acer Liquid Android phone announced, SnapDragon and WVGA on board!

Wow, this came out of nowhere! Acer just announced the first SnapDragon powered Android smartphone with a WVGA capacitive touchscreen! The phone also runs Donut (Android 1.6). Here’s the full PR:

2009-10-14 -
The Future has arrived with Acer Liquid
Acer introduces its new smartphone “Liquid” series: the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor based and world’s first Android™ 1.6 high definition smartphone, combining cutting-edge technologies, software innovation and an ultra-fluid user interface to create an all-new mobile experience. It is the ideal solution for users demanding the best from their devices, and in particular outstanding multimedia, web browsing, social media integration and video streaming. It also brings smartphone product design forward with its unique and modern style.

Finally something different
Acer Liquid is the first Wide-VGA smartphone in the market benefiting from the latest release of the Android™ 1.6 Operating System (aka Donut) and the first Android™ smartphone in the market equipped with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor.

This platform brings to market unique benefits for the end users and paves the way for a new wave of innovations from the developer community:

- With its High Definition capacitive touch screen (Wide VGA), Acer Liquid offers today an unparalleled experience when watching pictures or videos. But it also holds a promise for the future: the promise of an abundance of new applications on Android™ Smart Handhelds – games, professional applications and web applets that will enrich the end user experience. Now developers can be assured that their investment will build upon a standard resolution for the years to come;
?Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor, Acer Liquid provides instant access to web pages, smooth streaming of videos or music , and instant response from popular mail, maps and search applications. The high-speed processing capability and high-speed internet access (HSPA) of Snapdragon™ brings to life the Android™ experience: no idle-time, almost instant uploads of web pages and downloads of rich multimedia contents. The developer community can now take full advantage of these capabilities to bring to market innovative applications that demand raw computing power and superior handling of 3D graphics.

Unique software enhancements
Acer Liquid also bolsters a set of unique features developed by Acer and its partners:

- Improved power management to help achieve longer battery autonomy for intense users;
- A new user interface with easy access to entertainment and web bookmarks;
- An optimized camera with geo-tagging, ISO, self-timer options and accelerated auto-focus performance;
- Exclusive Spinlets™ application providing free streaming of worldwide music and video, that can be shared with friends and family through web-posting or e-mail;
- Smart integration of Facebook™, Twitter™, Youtube™, Picasa™ and Flickr™ in the address book, with realtime notification of status or content updates.
A refreshing alternative to square shapes
With ellipse curves, a choice of red, white and black colors, and a slim body shape, Liquid will please style-seeking consumers. Designed for ergonomy, Liquid fits well in the hand, and displays a smooth finish. The fluidity of its curves gives the Acer Liquid its unique character and unconventional style.

More info to come

Source: Acer