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.
NEW DELHI: Taiwanese IT company Acer today restarted its smartphone business in India in partnership with e-commerce firm Snapdeal with the launch of two new handsets, priced at Rs 11,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. “We have strong presence in IT business. IT industry is converging and at a point colliding with handset business. We want to leverage our strength of IT and smartphone business will compliment it,” Acer Group’s Vice President (smartphones) Allen Burnes said at the launch event.
Acer is set to invest heavily in Chromebook development in 2015 with related shipments to grow over 50% on year to reach 4.8 million units. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer is also planning to increase its shipments of inexpensive 11.6-inch Windows-based EeeBook notebooks, and the devices are expected to account for over 30% of the vendor’s overall notebook shipments in 2015, surpassing six million units, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Acer Malaysia has unveiled three new smartphones – the Acer Liquid X1, Liquid Jade and Liquid Z500. In a statement, Acer said the smartphones come with their own unique features. The Acer Liquid X1 sports a powerful performance, smoother transitions and interface with the octa-core 1.7GHz and quad-core graphics processors.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Amid political and financial uncertainties within the local market, Acer Inc. (宏碁股份) may postpone a fundraiser expected to drum up NT$3 billion for its PC unit to early 2015. Economic Daily News, Apple Daily, Digitimes and other Taiwanese media reported that Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih (施振榮) recently announced his company will hold a fundraiser before the end of 2014, but may postpone the plans to early 2015 due to the recent weak performance of the Taiwan Stock Exchange (台灣證券交易所) and the elections at the end of November.
Acer’s board has revealed the vendor finished the third quarter of calendar 2014 with $US2.82 billion in consolidated revenue, up 5.3 per cent on the previous quarter, but down seven per cent year-over-year (YoY). Operating income for the quarter reached $US36.27 million, profit after tax (PAT) was $US21.38m, and earnings per share (EPS) came in at $US0.01.
TAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Friday said it plans to begin selling its laptops and desktop computers running Google’s Web-based Chrome OS in Taiwan next week to strengthen product offering for education and business markets. The company’s 11.6-inch Chromebook will start from NT$8,690 (US$286) and the larger 13.3-inch model will cost NT$11,900, according to Acer. Its Chromebox desktop PC will start from NT$7,990 — higher than Asustek Computer Inc.’s (華碩) similar product that also launched Friday priced at NT$5,999.
Acer has posted the highest level of growth among top PC makers, recording double digit growth despite a 1.4 per cent overall decline. The latest preliminary data from IDC for the third quarter of 2014 showed Acer has improved on its year-on-year worldwide PC shipment with growth at 11.8 per cent. This was in contrast to the overall industry decline of 1.4 per cent. Quarter-on-quarter, Acer saw a 12.6 per cent rise, which also surpassed the industry average of 5.2 per cent.
Acer and MediaTek’s cooperation in cloud computing is expected to achieve preliminary results in the first half of 2015 related to wearable devices, according to Acer BYOC business manager Maverick Shih and general manager of MediaTek’s new business development unit JC Hsu. Acer and MediaTek announced a partnership in June 2014 to integrate Acer’s BYOC solution into MediaTek’s Internet of things (IoT) platform LinkIt to help clients develop wearable and IoT applications.
Acer is a substantially internationalized enterprise as evidenced by foreigners accounting for 70% of all employees, company founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih has said. Shih made the remark in response to Gianfranco Lanci, currently chief COO for Lenovo and Acer’s former president and CEO, saying that Acer has returned its operational focus to Taiwan and not succeeded in corporate internationalization, and this accounts for the decline of Acer’s global market share in recent years.
Acer on October 14 announced a strategic partnership with Octon, a Cayman Islands-registered Taiwan-based provider of contact center software solutions and services, to launch abPBX plus, a communication switch solution for use by enterprises. With the abPBX plus, enterprises can easily use business social networking, chat rooms, video conferencing and other communication services at low cost, Octon said.
Acer reportedly is cooperating with Panasonic to develop a battery management system for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform for Internet of Things (IoT) business opportunities, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Acer declined to comment. Acer is looking to integrate its BYOC platform into Panasonic’s battery management system and offer the solution to electric vehicle vendors. Panasonic provides batteries to EV vendors including Tesla.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is inviting partners to its first cloud forum in Taipei on Wednesday to discuss the opportunities presented by its cloud strategy and Internet of Things (IoT, 物聯網) technology. In sharing the latest developments of Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) strategy and its future direction, Acer is calling on potential partners to join the BYOC alliance to create value and share the rewards of the future, the New Taipei-based company said Monday in a statement.
The Central Government Procurement Center established by the China government through cooperation with China-based e-commerce operators Tmall and Suning, has set up the Central Government Procurement Online Store to host government procurement open-bids, and Acer has been selected as a candidate supplier for desktops, notebooks, AIO (all-in-one) PCs and cloud computing servers. Other Taiwan-based candidate suppliers are Asustek Computer and Advantech for cloud computing servers and Arora for printers, according to industry sources.
Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform currently has three million users and the number is estimated to reach five million by the end of 2014 and to surpass 10 million in 2015, according to BYOC business manager Maverick Shih. Acer’s BYOC business has already established a business model in the B2B market and is currently expanding its reach to sectors such as healthcare, telecommunication, automobile and smart family. As for the B2C market, Acer is currently offering free services and will start trying out paid services after having enough users to offer them more choices.
Quanta Computer has landed orders for Acer’s 15-inch notebooks for 2015, which will account for 45-50% of Acer’s overall orders. Quanta will become Acer’s largest ODM partner and also the largest notebook maker in 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Quanta and Acer declined to comment about their orders.
Acer plans to hold a major forum on October 15 in which it will discuss B2B strategies as well as announce new cloud partners. The company will, at a later date, host a series of activities to talk about its plans for the B2C market. Acer’s general manager of BYOC and tablet businesses Robert Wang said the company has plans for both Internet of things (IoT) and big data businesses which it will reveal gradually.
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.