Taiwanese PC giant Acer is planning to release two new tablet devices during the fourth quarter of 2010, each with Google’s Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system.

The report in Digitimes.com says the seven-inch and ten-inch models will be based around ARM processor technology. No details on pricing or further specifications have been released and there is no official word from the company but given the interest in all things tablet after Apple’s release of the iPad in early April, it’s not a surprising development.

Earlier this week, research firm DisplaySearch announced that it expected the touchscreen panel market to reach $14billion by 2016 on the back of demand for smartphone and tablet devices. Other big name brands expected to release tablet PCs in that time frame include LG, which last week made sounds that it too would be launching an Android tablet by the end of the year but would not be drawn on specifications.

And on July 1, HP confirmed in a statement that with the finalisation of its Palm purchase, its newly acquired division would be working on a webOS tablet, although the company had not specified a time frame it was working on.

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