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