Acer Join The Open Handset Alliance, Handsets Due Q4 2009

acer android phoneEarlier today Acer issued a press release announcing that they have now joined the Open Handset Alliance. The OHA is a global alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders who support the development of the Android platform.

Along with this announcement, Acer have also revealed plans to launch their first Android powered device in Q4 of this year.

London, 1st June 2009-Acer announces its joining of the Open Handset Alliance and expects to launch smartphones based on the Android platform in the fourth quarter of this year.

As a member of the Open Handset Alliance, Acer will work with its members to contribute to the development of the Android platform and bring consumers a far better user experience than much of what is available on today’s mobile platforms. By joining the Open Handset Alliance, Acer demonstrates its support for Android as an open mobile platform and its commitment to Android’s commercial success.

Android is a complete and open mobile phone software stack, featuring an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. It includes everything a manufacturer or operator needs to build a mobile phone. Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a handset has to offer.

There are over 40 members in the Open Handset Alliance, including mobile operators, handset manufacturers, software companies, and semi-conductor companies.

Acer’s Aymar de Lencquesaing has previously mentioned the upcoming release of an Acer Android phone. Speaking at the Global Technology Summit in Paris last month, he revealed “Late 2009, we’re releasing a smartphone… full touch, at the price of feature phones today”.

[via Press Release]