BenQ has announced that it will roll out smartphones and netbooks with the Google Android operating system next year.
BenQ currently sells netbooks under the name Joybook Lite running Microsoft Windows XP, mobile phones with the Symbian OS and a mobile Internet device with a Linux OS. A few years ago, the company was a contender in the worldwide mobile phone industry but its acquisition of Siemens' mobile phone division went sour over mounting losses and lost market share.
The company hopes to market an Android-based smartphone next year, a BenQ representative said, as it attempts to rebuild its name in mobile phones. A netbook based on Android is also in the works, but its makeup hasn't yet been decided.