Acer Announces Android Netbook and Smartphone

Netbook specialist Acer on Thursday launched the Aspire One AOD250XP netbook, which uniquely can be booted into Windows Home XP, or the Google Android operating system.

Acer also said this week that it will soon release a smartphone based on Android, which will mark its continuing foray into what is a bit of a new device category for the computing company.

The Atom processor-based netbook will set a user back $350, through major retailers. It comes with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a card reader and a Web cam.

Meanwhile, the company said the Liquid A1 smartphone will be available soonish, though pricing and availability details are not available at this point. The Android-based handset is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, and sports a touchscreen and a geotagging 5-megapixel camera. It will also support accelerated 3G graphics and automatic integration with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa and Flickr.

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