Although Acer has totally been under the radar in the U.S. in terms of smartphones, the company is hoping to change that with a some Windows Phone 7 handsets. And while we’ve been under the impression that the manufacturer would be building Windows Phone 7 smartphones, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci confirmed it today in an interview during the manufacturer’s press conference.
Lanci has said that he sees for Windows Phone 7 “the same opportunity you can see on Android in terms of customization.” Obviously no one knows what customization he is referring to, but it’s exciting nonetheless.
It looks like Acer isn’t just looking to make some bland, boring, run-of-the mill handsets with Windows Phone 7 given its customization options. Hopefully those handsets will come around when the rumored January update hits, so that Acer can come out of the gates with handsets that feel more complete than current Windows Phone 7 smartphones.
But all is not lost for Acer’s Android efforts as a tablet is still in the works. However, Lanci said that the company is waiting for Gingerbread to be released before it uses the Google platform for its tablets. Apparently, Lanci feels that Froyo really wasn’t the right decision for a tablet computer. Google agrees.
Additionally, Acer is also working on MeeGo, which should be ready to go next year – presumably on Nokia devices first. Between Android, Windows Phone 7 and MeeGo, hopefully Acer won’t be spreading itself too thin next year.
Now that Acer has added Windows Phone 7 to their ever-growing belt, that belt consists of MeeGo, Chrome OS, Windows Phone 7, Android and then Windows itself – nice work, Acer!