Acer confirms Android phone for 2009

We knew it was in the pipeline, but now Acer has promised to launch a smartphone running the Android OS before the year is out.Head of Acer's phone bi

Head of Acer's phone biz, Aymar de Lencquesaing told Reuters that the handset will be the only one of ten models planned for 2009 that won't run Windows Mobile.

He also added that its laptop offering was proving to be a bit of a bargaining tool when looking for operator partners to sell its phones.

Acer entered the smartphone market last year when it bought Taiwanese portable device company Eten Information Systems. However, despite flaunting some handsets at MWC earlier this year, we've still seen nothing hit the shelves.

Lencquesaing has said Acer is in discussions with around 40 operators to sell the phones, and that it aims to reach 6 to 7% of the smartphone market within four years.

We'll be keeping our ears to the ground for more news on this – let us know what you think to Acer entering the phone market below, and be sure to check out our top 10 smartphones.