Acer confirms Android smartphone for 2009

Acer is already a fully signed up a member of Google's Open Handset Alliance, but they've been less than forthcoming with details about an actual mobi

So it's good to hear that the people behind the world's most popular netbook, the Aspire One, are working on an Android smartphone for release this year. However, they have said that any Acer Android netbooks are still some way off.

According to PC World, Acer's Gianfranco Lanci said, "We are working on an Android solution for the smartphone, [but] I think it's too early to say if we're going to see Android on a netbook in the near future."

He went on to say that it made more sense to stick Android on a phone than a netbook. That's in spite of HP saying it's working on a Google–backed netbook and China's Skytone saying they're in the final stage of testing with their own model.

For more on Android, check out our hands–on video of the latest Google handset, the HTC Magic.