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Acer to Release Google Android Phone

Acer Inc. said it would be releasing this year a smartphone that's powered by the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)-backed Android operating system.

The PC maker jumped in the smartphone market this year with its Tempo line of devices. The company is looking to capture up to 5% of the growing smartphone market within five years by offering handsets that are free with contract or have a low price.

The majority of Acer's smartphones will run Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s Windows Mobile, but at least one will use the Linux-based Android, according to the head of the mobile phone unit. Aymar de Lencquesaing told the Reuters Technology Summit that the company is aiming to have the device on the market by the end of the year.

To read on, see the rest of the story at Information Week.

— Marin Perez, InformationWeek

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