Acer Lets Slip the Liquid's Custom Android Interface, White-Hot Specs

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Acer gave us the basics yesterday, announcing their intent to (good god, finally) make a Snapdragon-based Android phone, and not much else. Today, cue stage two of the unnecessarily staggered announcement: the juicy leaks. (Updated with video)


Acer had said their phone, which'll run a customized version of Android 1.6 Donut, would have a social-networking-centric contacts system, like HTC's Sense. Photos from show more: On top of the contact management system, Acer's designed their own widgets, including an ingenious, should-be-standard [Update: In Donut, it is standard] single homescreen switch for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a few other hardware functions. There's also a new dialer, an ALT-TAB-esque task manager, a multimedia dashboard and a skinned app drawer.

Hardware specs have been leaked dry, confirming what we already knew—a 1GHz Snapdragon processor clocked to 768 Mhz, WVGA capacitive screen, and a 5-megapixel camera—and throwing in a few precious nuggets: the Liquid's screen will measure up at 3.5 inches, and the phone will ship with 256MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm headphones jack and a 1,350 mAh battery.

All's well on Acer's on of things, so now it's just a waiting game. Acer doesn't exactly have a long history of making smartphones, much less a history with major US carriers, meaning Our Sweet Liquid may have some trouble immigrating. It goes without saying, this would be tragic.

UPDATE: Apparently there are a few units kicking around Europe; here's a video, with some clear looks at the hardware and interface, from France:

[ via Nexus404—Thanks, Travis and Oscar!]


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256MB of RAM? WTF? Yes I know that this will use SD cards, but that doesn't cover installed apps, unless you root your phone, which even though that's kinda my thing, I still have no intention of doing. I have other hobbies now, thank you, and I just want the damn thing to work all the time, unlike early Winmo custom ROMs.

512+MB RAM or fail. #acerliquid