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Acer plans to launch a smartphone this year based on the Google Android operating system.

Acer plans to launch a smartphone this year based on the Google Android operating system.

"The entire industry is looking at Android," said Acer chief executive Gianfranco Lanci. "We are testing Android on a lot of different solutions. We are working on an Android solution for the smartphone, [but] I think it's too early to say if we're going to see Android on a netbook in the near future."

Android is "very, very good for communication and web access and so on", he said, but was not sure yet if it is right for traditional PCs.

T-Mobile was the first mobile network operator globally to launch an Android handset, the G1, and has sold one million of the smartphones in the first six months on the market.

Although that is far less than the number of iPhones Apple sold in its first two quarters on the market, it is still a big start for a brand new operating system.

Several more Android smartphones have been announced recently, including a few more from G1 developer, HTC and the first one from Samsung.

Netbooks are a new frontier for Android. HP earlier this year confirmed rumours that it had been testing Android on netbooks.