Acer surpasses Samsung to hold top spot in Chromebook shipments in 2Q14, says WitsView

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.

Acer’s Chromebooks top Q1 US consumer market

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.

Acer partners to expand local sales market

TAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) said Thursday it has teamed up with two leading sales agents in Taiwan to market its eight major product lines. Acer’s partnership with Synnex Technology International Corp. and Weblink International Inc., which started this month, covers the domestic distribution of Acer-branded laptops, desktop computers, 2-in-1 hybrid devices, tablet PCs, smartphones, monitors, projectors and servers.

Taiwan’s MediaTek, Acer Team For Internet Of Things Development

MediaTek and Acer will cooperate in the Internet of Things sector to promote cloud applications, wearable devices, and the Internet of Things technologies. The news was announced during Computex Taipei 2014. The cooperation between MediaTek and Acer will focus on open platforms and it will be based on the Acer Open Platform. Stan Shih, chairman of Acer, and Ming-Kai Tsai, chairman of MediaTek, announced that with the cooperation, MediaTek will join Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud project.

Acer Looks Beyond PCs

TAIPEI–Acer Inc. aims to expand its small but profitable corporate cloud-computing business and sell more low-cost smartphones as it seeks to offset falling laptop sales, its chief executive said in an interview. The world’s fourth-largest personal-computer maker by shipments behind Lenovo Group Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. has put its smartphone and cloud products front and center at Asia’s biggest computer show, Computex, this week.

Acer, MediaTek partner on cloud tech potential

TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) teamed up Wednesday with chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) to jointly explore the business opportunities in cloud computing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The partnership was announced at the Computex Summit Forum, where Acer Chairman Stan Shih (施振榮) invited MediaTek Chairman and CEO Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介) to join him on stage after Shih had given a keynote speech.

Taiwan’s Acer to launch ‘smartband’ wearable device

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s leading personal computer maker Acer announced on Friday that it will debut its first wearable device at the upcoming Computex trade show before shipping the products later this year. Liquid Leap, a one-inch touch-screen smartband with fitness tracking, phone and SMS notification and music control, will be sold together with the Liquid Jade smartphone in selected markets from the third quarter, Acer said.

Taiwan’s Acer launches software "cloud" service drive

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer on Thursday unveiled its cloud service centre as the struggling computer maker seeks to revive its fortunes by diversifying away from the low-margin hardware business. Stan Shih, chairman and company founder, revealed further details about its software service programme called “Build Your Own Cloud” (BYOC), which he initiated late last year after returning to the helm of the company to launch a series of reforms.

Acer remains India’s No. 4 vendor of PCs in Q1

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) remained the fourth-biggest personal computer maker in India in the first quarter amid poor end-user demand in the South Asian market, according to tech research firm International Data Corp. (IDC). A total of 2.03 million PCs were shipped in India in the first quarter of 2014, representing a year-on-year decline of 25.2 percent, IDC said in a May 26 report.

Acer to unveil BYOC details on May 29; establishes fund for creative industry

Acer is set to unveil more details on its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) system on May 29 and which will integrate Taiwan’s software and hardware players to create an ecosystem for Taiwan’s IT industry to compete in the worldwide market, Acer chairman Stan Shih said at a meeting on May 21.

Acer has new visual identity for Build Your Own Cloud

TAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁股份) on Thursday unveiled a new visual identity for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business, as it moved to embrace new opportunities in the cloud technology era. Acer said it has always been ready to take an unconventional route and the logo for its BYOC brand is another example of its “groundbreaking approach.”

Acer to launch BYOC solutions in 3Q14, says chairman

Acer will launch BYOC (build your own cloud) solutions in the third quarter of 2014, according to company chairman Stan Shih. Acer’s BYOC solutions enable individual or enterprise users to access data or content stored on their PC using PCs, notebooks, tablets or smartphones via the Internet. BYOC frees enterprises of worries about information security when using public cloud services.

Acer jumps on the smart bandwagon

The Liquid Leap provides the wearer with text message and call notifications and, when it isn’t relaying information from a smartphone, can track fitness too.  One of a host of new products revealed at a special launch event in New York on Tuesday, the band is just 17mm thick so should be comfortable to wear all day and is meant to keep things simple, or so says Acer.

Acer sets internal targets of 10 million smartphones and tablets for 2014

Acer has set an internal goal of shipping 10 million smartphones and 10 million tablets in 2014, increasing from the 1.5 million and five million shipped in 2013, according to Acer’s Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Acer regained normal business operations in the first quarter of 2014, weathering the negative impact of personnel reshuffles in the second half of 2013, company CEO Jason Chen said. Shipments will start to rise beginning the second quarter, Chen indicated.

Acer’s first wearable said to be unveiled in the middle of 2014

TAIPEI — Acer Inc.’s first wearable computing device could take the form of a fitness band that is expected to be unveiled in the middle of this year, a source with direct knowledge to the matter said.  The smartband will be equipped with a small screen to pair with other handsets like a smartphone or a tablet, the source told CNA on condition of anonymity because the information was not public yet.

Acer wins exclusive IT supply contract from Victoria Police, Australia

Acer on April 24 announced that it has won an exclusive contract from Victoria Police, in Victoria, Australia, to supply IT devices for use by police stations across the state. Acer will supply 11,500 Veriton X4630 desktops bundled with 24-inch BL246HL LC monitors as well as 1,000 TravelMate P653 and TravelMate P645 notebooks.

Acer to open cloud computing center in Taiwan; will see over 50% gross margins from related licensing

Acer’s cloud computer experiencing center will open in Taoyuan, Taiwan at the end of May. The company hopes to use the facility to provide more details on its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) project, according to company chairman Stan Shih, adding that Acer’s recent contracts with international clients to license cloud computing technologies are expected to start contributing revenues in the second quarter with gross margins surpassing 50%.

Global Chromebook shipments in 2014 estimated at 4-5 million units, say Taiwan makers

TAG indexGlobal 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.

Acer gears up for back-to-school PC demand

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Taiwan’s Acer Inc. will host a press conference on April 29 in New York to roll out a back-to-school lineup of notebook computers, tablets and all-in-one computers, the company’s chairman Stan Shih said Wednesday. The new products, integrated with Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) services, will be demonstrated by Acer Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen and presidents of Acer’s business groups, according to Shih.

Two questioned over insider trading at Taiwan’s Acer

TAIPEI: Prosecutors began questioning two employees over alleged insider trading at Taiwanese computer firm Acer on Tuesday, an official said, as government agents raided the company’s headquarters. “A number of agents were mobilised in the mission, and after initial interrogation, the suspects will be further questioned by prosecutors,” an official with Taiwan’s security services told AFP. Intelligence officers conducted the raids across 14 different locations including Acer’s headquarters north of the capital of Taipei, she said.