TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Thursday unveiled its Chromebox CXI, its first desktop computer powered by Google Inc.’s Web centric Chrome operating system, with a view to meeting demand in schools and businesses. The computer boots up in about eight seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode thanks to its 16GB solid-state drive, Acer said in a statement. The device’s compact form also helps save space in libraries, classrooms and offices, the company said.
Acer Inc president and chief executive officer Jason Chen told the media during his first visit to Thailand since becoming the company’s head seven months ago that the new focus would also include two-in-one notebooks and Chromebooks. He said worldwide Chromebook sales were expected to grow by 76 per cent this year. In the first six months, Acer sales grew 114 per cent. The key reasons for ChromesBook’s success are its affordability and low maintenance costs. “We think Windows [PCs and notebooks] will still continue, but Chromebook is an alternative option – they will co-exist,” he said.
Acer Inc, the world’s fourth-largest computer maker, is diversifying in its latest effort to get its struggling personal computer (PC) business back on the road to sustained recovery. Smart internet-connected and cloud computing capabilities will be delivered as value-creating differentiation on top of Acer’s computers, corporate president and chief executive Jason Chen said in Bangkok yesterday. Global shipments of PCs are down by double digits this year as consumers increasingly switch to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12 ― The newest addition to Acer’s Chromebook range, simply called the Chromebook 13, offers an incredible 13-hour battery life and is just 18mm thick yet it can render and output 4K ultra-high-definition content. And that’s because the little laptop, launched yesterdapy, is the first to use an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Chromebooks might still be niche products within the PC landscape but the computers, which run Google’s Chrome OS and run a host of web-based apps rather than software installed directly on the computer’s hard disk, are starting to make a name for themselves, especially within education.
Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Thanks to iPhones and iPads, demand for Apple’s Mac series products has also been rising in the past few years. Meanwhile, Google is seeing increased Chromebook demand from the US and the UK’s education procurement and enterprise markets.
Chromebook shipments reached 1.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, and Acer held the number one spot in shipments with a 30% market, surpassing Samsung Electronics for the first time, according to WitsView. According to WitsView research assistant manager Caroline Chen, Acer and Samsung were neck and neck with one another in terms of shipments during the first half of 2014, both with approximately 900,000.
TAIPEI — Acer Chromebooks topped the U.S. consumer market during the first quarter of the year with a 46.7 percent market share, the Taiwan-based company said Monday, citing data from the NPD Group, a market research organization. Since its first Chromebook — the Acer AC700 — was launched in 2011, Acer Chromebooks “have received wide acclaim from consumers and media alike,” Acer said in a statement.
Global Chromebook shipments in 2014 are expected to reach only 4-5 million units mainly because cloud-based storage is not popular enough and 4G mobile access is not sufficiently available, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics have all been aggressively promoting their Chromebook products with some prices already reaching US$199, the sources noted.