After launching 10 phones last year-9 of them powered by Windows Mobile-computer maker Acer is planning on selling 1 million handsets in 2010 with the majority equipped with the Android OS. The manufacturer wants to use Android on a majority of its releases next year while still saving Windows Mobile for use in other phones."Next year it will be much more balanced," Acer's Aymar de Lencquesaing said in an interview with Reuters. "There is definitely momentum behind Android. The paceis faster than most would have anticipated one year ago.” In the quarter ended inSeptember, Android had 3.5% of the worldwide OS market compared with 0%the prior year. In the same period, Microsoft's Windows Mobile has seenits market share plunge to 8.8% from 13.6%.
Acer is looking to release 8 to 10 devices next year and is just one of many PC makers jumping into the smartphone arena. Others making the jump include Dell, Toshiba and Austek. At the same time, a handset maufacturer like Nokia is now making netbooks as the line between the two devices gets blurried. As for Acer, the company plans on cracking the list of the top 5 handset makers in the next 3 to 5 years. 10 carriers across the globe carry the line and some more carrier deals are expected to be announced.