For anyone who has wished to see the amazing power of the 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon on an Android phone, Acer is here to grant your wishes; the Acer Liquid A1 is an Android smart phone with Snapdragon. Amazing but true, Acer has formally announced that they are working on the Liquid A1.
Details are still scarce at the moment, but initial press releases and a recent tech demo show that Acer is heading in the right direction with this Infinix?smart phone. It is a perfect combination, the powerful Snapdragon and the versatile and reliable Android; but just because you have a good combo it does not mean that everything will be easy.
Fan expectations for this device run high and a lot of things can easily go wrong. Acer has been wise to choose only the best features, while their exclusive applications are quite promising.
Android -Acer Style
Acer will be adding a few exclusive applications that make full use of the Snapdragons processing speed and the Androids high compatibility with web applications. They have created integrated applications for accessing some of the more famous web services. These include the Facebook social network, Picasa and Flickr image sharing service, Twitter message updates, and YouTube videos.
You can get real time updates on changes in status and upload information feedback. Another interesting application is the Spinlet, which is Acers very own exclusive media sharing service. Details on how Spinlet will actually function are vague, but Acer says that it will focus on allowing users to share videos, music and geo-tagged images with their contacts easily.
Liquids Solid Hardware
The hardware for the Acer Liquid is already impressive, and all we know is that the device will have the Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon and integrated 3D graphics, a high definition WVGA capacitive touch screen (with 3D graphics, you cannot go any less), a 5 mega pixel camera and GPS. The rest are up to speculation. What we can confirm without an official statement is that the device will support HSDPA networks thanks to 3G, and that we will definitely see some Google Maps functionality. Its an Android with GPS but we are scratching our heads why no mention of Google Maps has been made.
Expectations for the Liquid A1
It has been announced that the Liquid will use the Android 1.6 Donut, much to the dismay of many people who are eagerly awaiting a Snapdragon with Android 2.0 Eclair, or even Flan would be fine.
Those who want a more updated Android may want to wait for the soon to come Xperia X3 (of which, details are even more vague). So far, the Liquid is the most concrete device announced this year that will be running an incarnation of the Android. With its release date still unconfirmed, theres a very good possibility that it will not be out until early or mid 2010.
Acer already has a line of WinMo phones for Christmas and releasing an Android at the same time might hurt sales. With development still underway, we have high hopes that the Liquid will use a more updated Android when it finally comes out. There is lots of time for Acer, let us hope they use it.