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Android This Week: Samsung i7500 Greenlighted, Acer Netbooks Planned

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android-logo1More companies readied their Android phones for release this week, while others were hard at work figuring out how to use the operating system in non-phone devices.

Handset maker HTC (s htc) revealed that it’s helping AT&T (s t) get ready to join the Android (s goog) team with a new phone. The HTC Lancaster is a slider phone that looks a lot like the G1 that HTC made for T-Mobile but with a Windows Mobile bent: HTC is including on the Lancaster a special Android social messaging interface for consumers. It’s expected to hit stores in August.

Motorola (s mot) is also joining the Android party with the oddly named Motorola Heron phone. It’s a candy bar form with a sliding keyboard and a small screen that doesn’t appear to handle touch. In fact, so far we can’t see anything special about the Heron other than the fact that it will be Motorola’s first Android phone.

The FCC approved the Samsung i7500, the Android phone made by the electronics giant Samsung, this week. It appears the i7500 is destined for T-Mobile and features a large touchscreen sans keyboard like the HTC Magic that will succeed the T-Mobile G1, also later this year.

Finally, netbook maker Acer announced that in addition to an Android phone, it will also produce netbooks running Android starting in the third quarter of 2009. Acer is the largest company to commit to an Android netbook so far, and as one of the biggest sellers of notebooks, could move quite a few of them. Of particular interest was Acer’s claim that “the majority of Acer Netbooks will come with Android as an alternative operating system to Microsoft’s Windows.”

Acer apparently caught some heat from the boys in Redmond and have clarified that Android netbooks would actually ship with a dual-boot environment with Windows. This is in direct conflict with the earlier statement so no doubt some pressure has been applied by someone.

5 Responses to “Android This Week: Samsung i7500 Greenlighted, Acer Netbooks Planned”

  1. I’m also looking forward to the Galaxy i7500’s release in the UK, probably in July. It’s bound to be exclusive to a particular network, but which one… it’s unlikely Vodafone would promote both Magic and the similar Galaxy, unlikely O2 would promote Galaxy within a month of the iPhone launch, so that leaves T-Mobile or Orange. My money is on T-Mobile for the UK in late July…

  2. Really looking forward to the release of the I7500! Currently on T Mobile here in the UK, no info of a planned release date, have spoke to them but they won’t confirm :(

    Come on Google phone!

  3. HereAndNow

    I REALLY like the Acer Android dual-boot idea! If you want/need to use Windows, you can. Otherwise, Android offers you the benefits of fast boot & runtime, super long battery life, touch-optimized UI, location-based services, cell phone calls, SMS/MMS, multi-media playback, and access to all the other cool apps in the Android Market.

    A similar approach could be used on smartbooks, with Ubuntu instead of Windows (since Windows does not run on ARM). This would be awesome! You would run Android most of the time, but if you need OpenOffice, or any other Ubuntu-supported app (developers could even run Linux dev tools!), you could launch them.

    My vote is for this Android dual-boot configuration to be standard on all netbooks…perhaps with Windows/Ubuntu as optional add-ons.