PC manufacturer Acer is elbowing its way further into the smartphone market, with confirmation that it will be releasing Windows Phone 7 handsets this year.
The first Acer WP7 phones will be out in autumn, running on the next upgrade to the platform, Mango, due in summer and packing the copy/paste and multitasking features that are missing from the current build.
Acer did not confirm how many WP7 smartphones it would launch, though senior corporate VP Aymar de Lencquesaing did say the company planned to release seven to 10 smartphones in 2011 - the majority of them running on the Android platform.
So far, Acer has announced the Android-powered Liquid Mini and beTouch E210, and three Android tablets - the 4.8-inch Iconia Smart (which also counts as one of the smartphones launched this year) and seven-inch and 10-inch versions of the Iconia Tab. The 10-incher will also be available running on the Windows 7 PC platform.
Acer's clear.fi media sharing tech will be loaded on all devices, with DLNA capability allowing you to stream the content between tablet, smartphone and any other DLNA home device.
De Lencquesaing confirmed that Acer would not announce any more tablets this year - which means we can expect a further four to seven smartphone announcements from the company.
He added that Acer expects to ship smartphones in the 'six-figure' region in the UK in 2011 and is currently in talks with UK operators to be ranged in their shops, along with at least one major retailer.