Android This Week — Look Out, Symbian; UK Gets Motorola's Dext

gigaom_icon_google-androidThere’s no question that Android is the hottest smartphone platform right now. Handsets running Android are being announced almost every day, and industry analyst Gartner projects phenomenal growth for the OS. Android, which currently claims a mere 2 percent of the smartphone market, will grab a smooth 14 percent of the market by 2012, Gartner predicts. This will see the operating system pass the BlackBerry and the hip iPhone in market share. Most of this share will be taken from Symbian, as Nokia (s nok) continues to slide.

Also, Motorola (s mot) last month announced the Cliq as its first Android handset, and that outside the U.S. the phone would be called the Dext and released later. It turns out later really means sooner, as the Dext went up for sale in the UK this week. The Cliq will be available in the U.S. on Oct. 19 on the T-Mobile network.

Meanwhile, Acer’s previously announced and later canceled Android netbook that dual boots with Windows XP is back on again and will soon be hitting shelves, according to the company. We’re not sure why anyone would want a netbook that runs both OSes, but Acer didn’t ask us. This would be the first netbook running Android, so we’ll watch it closely to see what the advantages might be over conventional Windows. Extended battery life would be a plus in the cheap notebook market.