Acer looking to reach five million BYOC users by end of 2014

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140915PD206.html

Quanta lands half of Acer notebook orders for 2015

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140910PD207.html

Acer to reveal new business plans and partners in October

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140901PD211.html

Acer unveils its first Chrome-based desktop personal computer

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/08/22/415486/Acer-unveils.htm

Acer foresees new opportunities in move towards mobility business

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.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/technology/Acer-foresees-new-opportunities-in-move-towards-mo-30241182.html

Acer gets smart in bid to halt PC slump

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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/426801/acer-gets-smart-in-bid-to-halt-pc-slump

Acer’s Chromebook 13 ― a featherweight computer with a heavyweight punch

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.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/acers-chromebook-13-a-featherweight-computer-with-a-heavyweight-punch

Taiwan’s Acer shipments grew faster than industry average in Q2: CEO #cloud #cloudcomputing

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Acer Inc saw quarter-on-quarter shipments growth that exceeded the PC industry average in the April-June period, the company’s chief executive said.  The beleaguered computer maker, which eked out a net profit in the first quarter after three straight quarters of losses, has turned a corner and will remain “on track” in the third quarter, chief executive Jason Chen told reporters.  The comments were reported by Taiwanese media on Friday and confirmed to Reuters by a company representative.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/25/Taiwans-Acer-shipments-grew-faster-than-industry-average-in-Q2-CEO/

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140722PR200.html

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/07/15/412416/Acers-Chromebooks.htm

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/07/07/411771/Acer-partners.htm

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/06/13/20624-taiwans-mediatek-acer-team-for-internet-of-things-development

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.

http://stream.wsj.com/story/gadget-wars/SS-2-51456/SS-2-549305/

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/05/409401/Acer-MediaTek.htm

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/taiwan-s-acer-to-launch/1129816.html

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.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/taiwan-s-acer-launches/1127478.html

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/05/29/408829/Acer-remains.htm

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140522PD209.html

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.”

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/05/16/407812/Acer-has.htm

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.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140504PD200.html