Acer to set up China subsidiary to promote BYOC

TaiwanAcer has obtained approval from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest US$5 million to set up a subsidiary specifically for promoting its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business in the China market, according to the company. The subsidiary will invest US$4 million to establish a BYOC experiencing center in Chongqing, China. The facility will be the company’s third BYOC center worldwide following ones in Taiwan and the US.

Acer targeting China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines for BYOC business

TaiwanTaiwan-based Acer is looking to export its cloud computing services to other countries and has targeted China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as it looks for local system integrators for cooperation. Acer’s president of Pan-Asia Pacific Regional Operation Oliver Ahrens noted that the company is developing fast in both China and India and has already seen progress in a few cases in Malaysia. Acer’s president of Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Maverick Shih pointed out that the business has three major product lines: cloud computing services, which the company is aggressively looking to export; Internet of things (IoT); and Acer Octon, the telecom solution unit. The company is also seeing strong orders for related solutions.

Acer Launches 15-inch Chromebook for $199

TaiwanAcer has been one of the major contributors to Chrome OS for a while now. The second 15.6-inch Chromebook is preparing to roll out with new internals and an even cheaper price point at $199. The three month time window has not left a great amount of time to update internals. Acer has dropped a few of the specs to meet with the new price point — which is $50 cheaper than the Chromebook 15 CB5-571 launched at CES 2015.

Acer dials into US smartphone market

TaiwanTaiwanese computer maker Acer is expanding its smartphone business into the United States for the first time by bringing its Windows 10-ready handset to Microsoft retail outlets. The Acer Liquid M220 smartphone will be available at Microsoft Stores and in the United States from June for US$79.99, Acer announced at its global press event in New York on Thursday to launch new products for the back-to-school season.

Acer partners with Taiwan venture fund AppWorks for IoT business

TaiwanAcer has announced it will cooperate with Taiwan-based venture fund AppWorks, combining Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform with AppWorks’ resources to incubate start-up companies for the Internet of Things (IoT). Acer’s general manager of BYOC business Robert Wang said that Acer has already obtained Quanta Computer’s and Wistron’s agreements to provide assistance on the manufacturing side.

Acer Octon seeking cooperation with top-3 telecom carriers in North America

TaiwanAcer Octon, a joint venture established in November 2014 by Taiwan-based IT vendor Acer and US-based multimedia application developer Octon, will soon announce the outcomes of talks it has been holding with the three largest telecom carriers in North America about cooperation, according to company president James Sha. Acer Octon has also been making deployments in the China and Southeast Asia markets concerning adoption of abPBX plus, its cloud computing-based IP communication solution for businesses, Sha said.

Acer’s telecommunications unit to sign up major Chinese customer

TaiwanTaipei, March 22 (CNA) Acer Octon Inc. (宏碁通信), the telecom solutions unit owned by Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. (宏碁), is expected to announce a new Chinese customer at the 2015 China (Chongqing) International Cloud Computing Expo, which will be held from April 10-12 in Chongqing. Acer Octon General Manager James Sha (沙舟) told a media briefing recently that the new customer is a large-scale Chinese enterprise that is not a telecommunications operator.

Acer’s Thailand notebook market share hits record

ThailandTAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) achieved a record-high notebook market share of 34.8 percent in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said Wednesday, citing data from research firm IDC. Acer’s record-high share also marks “a new chapter for the brand’s continuous market leadership for over a decade” in Thailand, the New Taipei-based company said in a statement that did not disclose the market shares of other vendors or the overall market volume during the quarter.

MWC: Acer Octon promotes SDN-based business communication solutions

TaiwanAcer Octon, a joint venture between Acer and US-based multimedia application developer Octon, demonstrated its new cloud-based PBX business-use communication solution at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. The IP solution, dubbed “abPBX Plus,” is able to offer cloud-based services plus advanced communication services such as file sharing, IP voice calls and teleconferencing to clients, according to James Sha, president of Acer Octon.

MWC 2015: Acer launches its first Windows 8.1 smartphone

TaiwanAcer has unveiled the Liquid M220 smartphone, its first Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, featuring a 4-inch 233ppi display. The Liquid M220 features a 5-megapixel auto-focus back-end and a 2-megapixel front-end camera. The back-end camera also sports an 89-degree wide-angle lens for better photo shot.

Acer to launch new Windows phone at int’l mobile show

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is set to unveil a new smartphone running on the mobile version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain next week. The Windows-based handset will be released alongside Acer’s new Android-powered Jade smartphone and a wearable device at the MWC, the world’s biggest mobile show scheduled for March 2-5 in Barcelona.

Acer unveils 2 cloud solutions in diversification effort

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) unveiled two new cloud application solutions Tuesday for enterprises and individual consumers in an effort to transform itself into a company that integrates hardware manufacturing with software and services. The first solution is the abPBX plus series — a global communications network for businesses based on Internet Protocol communication — which Acer says integrates traditional telephony systems and desk phones with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to offer greater work efficiency and cost reductions.

Acer brings Japan into its smartphone sales network

JapanTAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) said Tuesday it now counts Japan as its 54th market worldwide for selling its smartphones by teaming up with Japanese major bookseller BOOKOFF Corp. Acer estimated in a statement that up to 30,000 units of the Acer Liquid Z200, a 4-inch smartphone designed for first time users, will be sold in BOOKOFF stores from the following day.

Acer to help app developers enter international markets

TaiwanAcer has recently started a new project for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform and will expand its cooperation with small-to-medium-size app development ventures to help them advance into the worldwide market. Acer will also provide finance and personnel support to these firms.

Taiwan market: Acer aims at 2-digit on-year growth in 1Q15 revenues

TaiwanAcer aims to see its first-quarter 2015 revenues in the Taiwan market increase by double-digits on year, according to Acer Taiwan general manager Tony Huang. For consumer notebooks in particular, Acer’s Taiwan market share rose from 18% in September 2014 to 21% in October, 23% in November and further to 23.9% in December, Huang said. This was mainly due to booming sales of its 15.6- and 17.3-inch Aspire V Nitro gaming models, Huang indicated.

Chunghwa Telecom, Acer to launch a joint platform

TaiwanTAIPEI–Chunghwa Telecom Co. (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest carrier, teamed up Thursday with local computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) to jointly develop a cloud computing-based telecommunications platform for enterprises. The partnership will integrate the resources and technologies of both companies to provide secure telecommunications services, intelligent private corporate telephone networks, and multimedia terminal equipment, according to a statement from Chunghwa Telecom.

Acer aims to double smartphone shipments in 2015, says CEO

TaiwanAcer expects its smartphone shipments in 2015 to double from 4-5 million units shipped a year earlier, according to company CEO Jason Chen. This means Acer aims to ship about 10 million smartphones in 2015. Acer’s smartphones are now available in 53 countries, more than doubling the company’s target of 25 countries set for 2014, Chen noted.

Chromebooks get larger, faster with Acer’s Chromebook 15

Acer is supersizing chromebooks, offering the world’s first Chrome OS laptop with a 15.6-inch screen. The Chromebook 15 is also the first device in the category with a processor based on Intel’s latest Broadwell circuit design. Starting at US$249.99, the laptop will offer eight hours of battery life and be among the fastest chromebooks available.

Acer unveils smart classrooms in China

Smart classrooms with hardware and software provided by Taiwan-based vendor Acer were unveiled in a primary school in Chongqing, western China, on December 25, with Acer founder Stan Shih and chairman George Huang attending the ceremony, according to Acer. Such smart classrooms are equipped with Acer projectors and other devices, allowing teachers and students to use tablets in an interactive education environment based on Acer-developed Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) cloud computing platform, the vendor said.

Acer aims to rank among top five smartphone firms

TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) launched its second octa-core smartphone in Taiwan Tuesday as part of an effort to be ranked among the top five smartphone vendors in its home market next year. Acer has set a target of selling 100,000 smartphones in Taiwan this year, a 67 percent annualized growth from 60,000 units sold last year, said Towny Huang (黃鐘鋒), president of Taiwan operations at Acer.