Acer launches NFC-equipped Liquid Express

Acer launches NFC-equipped Liquid ExpressIt's probably fair to say that Acer hasn't had a massive impact in the Android arena so far with what's felt like a rather half hearted attempt in launching its handsets.

But at least it's having a go - and it's coming back for more with the announcement of its first NFC-enabled device, the Liquid Express.

In fact, it's promising to get together with Orange and T-Mobile here in Blighty to make a virtue of the technology which has constantly been touted as the next big thing, yet failed to catch on.

"As a technology of the future, NFC is a priority for Acer as it can be used for multiple purposes: payment, transport, tickets, loyalty cards, cultural information," LG's press release kindly educates us, "and that's without having explored the thousands more applications that will follow." It's almost enough to get us excited - even if we have heard it all before.

Aside from its NFC chops, the Liquid Express is a modestly specced handset, featuring a 3.5in touchscreen, 800MHz single-core processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 10:27

Without carrier support Acer haven't had a real chance, yet. I suppose this deal is a way of getting a foot in the door.
Starting with a "budgety" model is sensible.

Stelph  Nov. 29, 2011 at 12:29

Again, I really think mobile manufacturers should stop focusing on the payment aspect of NFC and focus more on the other possible features, like the app that you can use to program "blank" NFC stickers for useful features like:

- Having an NFC sticker inside your frontdoor for people to swipe their phones on to get access to your wireless network
- Having one in your car for activating and syncing with your stereo

As much as I hate to say it, I really hope Apple stick it in the next iphone as a) it will get a lot more attention and b) I think Apple would push it rather hard which would encourage Google etc to do the same.

Also payment with NFC? Just seems a similar idea to those tesco keyring fobs at the till, if im going to get anything out of my pocket at a till I might as well just get my wallet out!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 13:28

Stelph, agreed - I think it'd take Apple to make the payment application viable***. I think, for now, Nokia have it right when they focus on other uses - such as accessory-pairing, games etc...

(*** I'm not fond of the idea of a cashless society; so, screw that :p )

Treab  Nov. 29, 2011 at 15:23

Just throwing this out there... why has LG done a press release for an acer phone??

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2011 at 17:31

Treab, you do pay attention! Rrrrrrrespect!


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