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Acer has followed in the footsteps of arch rival Asus with talk of possible plans to launch an Android-based smartphone.

CEO Gianfranco Lanci said at the company's Q1 investor’s conference this week that Acer is “working on an Android solution for the smartphone”, according to a report by PC World.

Lanci added that the as-yet-unnamed phone would be launched later this year. Back in October, an unnamed source from inside Eee PC maker Asus claimed that the company had inked plans to launch an Android smartphone during the first six months of 2009.

But Lanci’s Android plans might not stop with a smartphone. He also confirmed that it’s “testing Android on a lot of different solutions”, prompting speculation that an Android netbook’s on the cards.

However, Lanci dampened such rumours slightly by stressing that “it's too early to say if we're going to see Android on a netbook in the near future”.

Why exactly? Because although the Google OS is "very, very good for communication and Web access and so on", he's not yet sure if it's right for traditional PCs. ®

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