Acer reportedly developing Windows Phone 7 smartphone

Acer reportedly developing Windows Phone 7 smartphone

Summary: Nokia won't be the only newcomer to the Windows Phone 7 scene this year. Acer is expected to join in on the fun as well.

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Nokia won't be the only newcomer to the Windows Phone 7 scene this year. Acer is expected to join in on the fun as well.

According to Pocket-lint, Acer will release a WP7-based smartphone (or maybe multiple devices) in either September or October, likely to coincide with the anticipated WP7 "Mango" update.

Neither Acer nor Microsoft has announced this development to the public just yet, but it does seem very possible. If true, Acer seems to be covering its ground well between an Android-based tablets and smartphones, along with something on the horizon with Windows.

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  • RE: Acer

    For a supposedly dead OS that nobody wants it sure is gaining a lot of traction. If this is true this will be great for competition.
    Loverock Davidson
    • It was obviously those M$ thugs, LD

      Breaking kneecaps, bribing, eating babies, and generally just being Saturday Morning Cartoon Villains.

      Or maybe they're selling... one of the two is true.

      :P
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Well, the tactics used against Windows OEMs won't work here, but, a few

        hundred million would do wonders when people are not too sure.
        DonnieBoy
      • Donnie, I think there is a better reason

        People are willing to make a bet on something new, if it looks like it might pay out big.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • The problem is when it does not look so good. For instance, Nokia would

        never have gone with WP7 if not for the figure in the billions that Microsoft is laying down. There is a lot of money changing hands here too. Microsoft has to take away the risk, or, manufacturers will just go with Android, which is considered the safest bet.
        DonnieBoy
      • Android is considered a safer bet, true

        But you, of all people, should agree that going with Windows Phone 7 is the better choice. While you personally dislike Windows Phone 7, the UI, the people who made it, and the people who work with the people who made it, the competition will only work in favor of the consumer.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • WP7 has failed to gain traction. The interface is dorky and NOT intuitive.

        With the billions that MS is spending at Nokia and with other OEMs, they will at least make sure there are more WP7 phones on the market, but, that will not guarantee people will buy them.
        DonnieBoy
      • Except that it has gained traction

        Not a lot, mind you, but it has gained some traction.

        Also, while your opinion is noted, you shouldn't act as though your opinion even belongs to the majority of ZDnet users. There are likely a lot of people out there who think that the WP7 interface is great, does what they need it to, and is easy to use.

        Though since I haven't use an Android Phone, I can't judge it well against the competition. The iPhone UI is getting old, though,
        Michael Alan Goff
    • Not enough traction to pivot away from an already planned effort?

      Will be interesting to see if Acer re-evals and changes their mind based on the Nokia announcement. But probably not - they're not foolish enough to halt an activity that no doubt started a while ago just because of an uncertain, unclear "exclusivity" arrangement with Nokia. And they're certainly not foolish enough to decide to limit their support to a single OS - Android AND WP7 for them.
      daboochmeister
  • Does Acer sell phones now?

    So many companies jumping in the cell phone market lately (Dell, HP, Acer) will anybody be able to make a decent profit with the increased competition as don't forget there's Apple, HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, LG...
    John Zern
    • Well, the sales of smart phones is skyrocketing, so, there is money to go

      around. That said, there will be a shakeout eventually. The bigger question is if WP7 can survive, or if it will suffer the fate of Kin. My prediction is that MS will pour even tens of billions into this and will not give up, as I think they now understand that mobile is critical to future success.
      DonnieBoy
  • Very interested to see leaked specs and prototypes

    acer could come out with something quite nice
    Johnny Vegas
    • It will just be the Android phone they are working on, with a few small

      changes to accommodate WP7.
      DonnieBoy
  • The question is how much Microsoft paid them to develop a WP7 phone?????

    Without that knowledge, we really do not know if this is significant or not.
    DonnieBoy
    • Probally close to what Google pays them to develope for Android

      @DonnieBoy
      Without that knowledge, we really do not know if this is significant or not.
      Will Acer give up Google's money if they feel they can make that up with Windows Phones?
      John Zern
      • Google does not have to pay large sums like Microsoft since Android is

        already proven, and very popular. WP7 on the other hand is an unknown and very risky and selling in very low quantities. Now, with enough money, Microsoft could buy an exclusive deal with Acer. Microsoft has billions in the bank, and it looks like they finally understand the importance of mobile.
        DonnieBoy
      • Oh Yeah

        @DonnieBoy
        Wasn't the same reason Google offered money to Nokia first? Otherwise Vic "WOULDN'T" have tweeted that sarcastic message.
        Ram U
      • What Google offered Nokia was pocket change compared to What Microsoft

        is paying. And, Google might not have offered them anything, other than dedicating engineers to help them get Android up and running. Do you understand that the figure that Microsoft paid is in the billions? Microsoft has figured out how important mobile is. Microsoft will throw tens of billions at it, just to get OEMs to do WP7 models. Do you understand just how luke warm the reception of WP7 has been with manufacturers?
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Acer

        @DonnieBoy
        Do you have proof for your statements that GOOG might have offered only pocket change and MSFT offered whole lumpsum? Also VZ and MOTO are nothing when it comes to world market. CDMA is tiny when compared to GSM and MOTO is a dying star in the mobile space that got additional fuel to run from VZ because of their Droid Ads.

        Your disklike towards the UI doesn't represent the same feeling from whole world. I don't represen the taste of my family itself, how can I claim for the rest of the world.

        FYI, if you read an android phone maker (INQ) about other Android phone makers including stalwarts like Samsung, HTC etc., you will understand, it is the experience that counts not the specs. http://mobilitydigest.com/android-manufacturer-slaps-his-competition-its-not-about-specs/
        Ram U
      • Don't forget, Rama.NET

        It's also proven that Google needs to hire and pay 6000 developers for Android apps because everybody's developing for other OSs
        John Zern