Acer is not new to the Android scene, but their upcoming Stream will definitely be the first Android phone which should capture the attention of the public. On the hardware side, the Acer Stream falls in line with phones like the HTC Desire and SONY Xperia X10 by offering a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 800 x 400 pixel 3.7 inch AMOLED display, 5MP camera with 720p video recording, HDMI connectivity, Dolby Digital surround sound, and FM radio all running on Android 2.1.
While other manufacturers are all creating their custom UI’s that enhance the Android experience, Acer has gone back to the drawing board and completely rethought what the Android user experience should look like. The Acer Stream will allow users to add widgets to their lockscreen, scroll through recent applications with a flick of a finger, access their notifications by categories, and change phone settings without having to dive into Android’s menu system.
We know, the changes described don’t sound too far off from what users can currently do with a handful of applications from the Android Market, but we’d suggest taking a quick peek at the video below to see what the Acer Stream has in store.
For now, the phone will be launching exclusively through Expansys on August 3rd for £399.99 (roughly $600), though we’d expect a few carriers in Britain and mainland Europe to add the Acer Stream to their lineups before summer is officially over.