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Acer has come up with a master plan to get an upper hand in the extremely competitive Android smartphone/Tablet market. How? The top ranked PC makers have come up with an idea of a smartphone that is a tablet as well. The dual nature gadget which is yet to receive a name is expected to go live in some part of April 2011.
While Acer may be busy in getting their Android Tablet ready, this doesn’t mean they have given up on their netbook side of things. According to Digitimes, the top ranked PC makers are working on a luxurious netbook named Ferrari which will go live somewhere during the fourth quarter.
Acer folks seem to have fallen in love with the Tablet and why shouldn’t they considering the amount of success Apple has enjoyed with its game changing iPad. According to Digitimes, the top ranked PC makers are working on a 10 inch Android Tablet, on top of the 7 inch Android Tablet geared towards the e-reader zone.
Boy these Android phones just keep popping up. Not so long ago, Acer unveiled perhaps its most powerful Android phone to date. Acer Stream is the official name of the Android 2.1 powered phone. Acer in its PR, used complimentary words such as powerful, Spectacular, State-of-the-art connectivity. Ultra-fast. Highly sensitive to describe the phone. How fitting these words are for the phone? Lets check out their specs and decide after the jump.
The year 2009 is nearing its end and its that time of the year when tech geeks start wondering what will they get from the likes of Google, Microsoft, Apple, HTC and others for the year 2010. A prediction has come out which suggests that the Android, the open source mobile OS from Google is likely to have 150,000 apps at the end of 2010. This prediction was made by Flurry Inc, a mobile application research form that analyzes the apps and their uses.
Acer has outlined its future plans for Android phones. The second largest PC vendor plans to release six Android powered phones in the first half of 2010. This information was revealed by a company executive. With this announcement, Acer has left HTC behind, as the makers of HTC HD2 will be rolling out five phones for the Android platform in the first half of 2010.
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Sources told TechCrunch that Google‘s Chrome OS has an early version launching next week. Early screenshots proved to be fake, and later screenshots depicted the browser component of the OS. Sources inside Google have said there’s more to Chrome OS than that.
One thing we know is that the browser in Chrome OS will be able to mount drives and function as a system navigation tool. How will hardware support be in these early builds? Although Google and device manufacturers are on the case writing drivers for your favorite peripherals, don’t count on all your devices working with Chrome OS right away.
The new OS will initially target netbooks with a particular aim to give Windows XP users something besides a crippled, expensive Windows 7 to upgrade. Now the question is that which computers will be able to run Chrome OS, it is guessed that Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba will be able to run Google’s Chrome OS. But does it mean hardware or software from other companies won’t be compatible?
Here you have it. Microsoft itself has come out and revealed its scheduled date for introducing Windows Phones. Within five weeks, i.e. on 6th October, you will be getting a collection of Windows Phones from which you can choose your favorite one. Stephanie Ferguson who happens to be general manager of Business Experiences Team, in the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft said:
On Oct. 6th, you’ll see new Windows phones designed for a variety of tastes, needs and price points – with or without keyboards, with or without touch screens, as well as your choice of GPS, accelerometer and high resolution camera. There are a lot of great options and we can’t wait to show them to you.
Also Microsoft has provided a list of partners who will be partnering with Microsoft. The partners are:
- In North America: Mobile operators AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless, and phone manufacturers HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
- In Europe: Mobile operators Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc, and phone manufacturers Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
- In Latin America: Mobile operator TIM Brazil, and phone manufacturers HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
- In Asia Pacific: Mobile operators NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc., and phone manufacturers Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
So it is final, we will be getting a glimpse of Windows Phones on 6th October. Before 6th October, it is possible that there will be a few leakage that will showcase what’s to come on 6th October.
First Acer, then Hewlett-Packard and now Toshiba. The $299 laptop is a force to be consider with. There’s a new $299 laptop in style at stores and it’s not a Netbook.
These laptops sport big screens, optical drives, plenty of memory, and reasonable graphics horsepower. In simple words, this is nothing like a $299 Netbook.
The $299 Wal-Mart laptop are being sell out so quickly before people can even reach their wallets and the Best Buy $299 Acer laptop vanishes almost overnight.
Best buy appeared again for few days with a $299 Toshiba laptop sporting a 15-inch screen but then bumped the price up to $329. But whether it’s a $298, $299, $309, or $329, it’s a laptop design that has arrived. And it is a real competitor to the 10-inch Netbook, which costs approximately same.
The challenging is NetBook’s demand price. If retailers make something with more robust hardware in the same range of price, these tiny laptops are at the risk of falling back.
The salient specifications of the Toshiba include a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor 900, 2GB of memory, DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, 15.4-inch screen, 160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm), 802.11b/g wireless, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, Intel‘s Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition operating system.
There also appears to be some misunderstanding about the difference between the Atom and Celeron 900 processors. The Celeron 900 is rated at 2.20GHz, integrates 1MB of cache memory, and has an 800MHz bus. By comparison, the widely-used Atom N270 is rated at 1.60GHz, integrates 512KB of cache memory, and has a 533MHz bus.
You might be taken by surprise once you read the post title. But believe me the numbers are suggesting this surprising fact. According to Neowin and NY Times, Acer seems to be a potential candidate to overtake Dell. Dell happens to be the second largest PC sellers across the globe, but all that might be a thing in the past. If Acer gets the second spot then it would be just one place behind HP.
The fact that makes this all the more surprising is that Acer is a Taiwan based company, so it will be the first non-US manufacturer to reach this landmark. Roger Kay, PC industry analyst and president of a consultancy named Endpoint Tecnhnologies Associates states:
That is a big achievement, and they have beaten the odds. Acer is a real comer.
It has been observed that Acer rather than competing with retailers, it has worked with them which has returned huge profits for them. During the last two quarters, Dell PC sales revenue has reduced by 30% whereas HP has taken the fall by about 19%. Acer has outperformed both the US based PC makers and has recorder only a loss of 8 percent.
The thing which has worked for Acer is the freedom they have in choosing from the manufacturer of their liking, thus enabling them to get the lowest price that is possible. Keeping in view the current economy situation, this is something that has worked wonders for the Taiwan based organization. Acer has also focused its efforts on building low cost netbooks which is something that has attracted people.
The latest news is that Dell managed 13.6% (falling from 15%) of market share in the first quarter, whereas Acer increased its market share from 10.9% to 11.6%. It would be interesting to see how Dell responds to this and what strategies they have up their sleeves.
Mr.Lanci, Acer’s chief executive identified United States and China as the major revenue generation nations. Furthermore he is taking Acer into the world of cellphones believing that the growing similarities between smartphones and laptops is something that is contributing to their strengths. His words were
I think we have the know-how, and these two worlds are going to merge