Acer has finally unveiled its long-awaited smartphone running Google's Android platform.

Acer Liquid is a touchscreen smartphone running Android version 1.6, formerly codenamed Donut and the latest upgrade to the software, while inside the handset lies Qualcomm's 8250 Snapdragon chipset with a 768MHz processing core.

The Acer Liquid, which measures is 115x62x125mm, also has a 5-megapixel autofocus digital camera onboard with video recording. The onboard camera will also tag photos with location information from the built-in GPS receiver, so people know where and when they snapped a shot.

It has only 512MB of storage so users will have to buy MicroSD cards to increase the storage space for video, photos, music and other large files.The MicroSD slot that supports cards with up to 32GB of storage, and the smartphone also benefits from a MiniUSB slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Acer Liquid offers a range of wireless signals, including GSM, EDGE and Radio HSUPA/HSDPA in addition to 802.11b/g Wi-Fi for internet browsing and Bluetooth for wireless connections to other devices. The phone comes loaded with Google software and services, including Google's Talk instant messenger, the Chrome browser, Google Cloud Sync, and connections to Gmail and Google Maps.

The Office productivity suite in the smartphone is Documents To Go from DataViz. Acer lists the talk time on a battery charge at up to 5 hours, while standby time is up to 400 hours. The company also said the smartphone will use a new user interface.

Acer chose Android over other varieties of Linux because it has the best connectivity of any Linux OS built-in, said Jim Wong, president of global product operations at Acer.

Acer also offered a further glimpse at its Aspire One with Android netbook.

The device will run both Android and Microsoft Windows, and users will be able to switch between the two simply by clicking to switch OS, Acer said.

Android will give people access to the web on start up, with just an 18 second boot-up time. The OS shuts down in three seconds, Acer said.

Other details about the new netbook, including when the device might go on sale and how much it would cost, were not immediately available.

Acer executives said the main reason the company decided to make the Aspire One with Android a dual-boot netbook was so people can use Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser. Many websites say they are optimised for IE, said Wong.

The company has not yet started planning for new product development using Android next year. "We will continue to monitor Android development," Wong said.

IE held a 65.7 percent share of the web browser market as of September, according to Net Applications, which tracks the statistics. Firefox was second with a 23.8 percent market share and Apple's Safari was third at 4.2 percent, followed by Google's Chrome at 3.2 percent.

A survey by SurveyWare on Net Applications' web browser market share page, however, reported that 63.1 percent of respondents said Firefox was the best browser, followed by the Opera browser at 13.5 percent, IE at 12.1 percent and Safari at 11.3 percent.

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