Windows 8 devices won't deliver much in the way of "explosive growth" for device makers when the new OS debuts in October.
At least, that's the opinion of Acer Chairman J.T. Wang. The chairman made his comments earlier today during a conference call to announce Acer's second-quarter earnings.
CNET contacted Acer for comment and will update the story when we get more information. But quotes from Wang obtained by Computerworld revealed the chairman's lack of optimism.
"We are still waiting for the signal of the consumers' enthusiasm," Wang said during the … Read more
The Acer Iconia Tab A110 is now available on U.K. retailer site Ebuyer for preorder. According to the site the tablet will be shipped in the U.K. in 47 to 49 days (at the time of this posting). That puts it in stores in early October.
Ebuyer has the tablet listed for £179 for the 8GB version that's currently about $280 in the U.S. The 7-inch tablet would be the second known Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) tablet after the Google Nexus 7.
According to the site the Iconia Tab A110 sports a 1,024x600-pixel … Read more
Microsoft may consider maintaining a price gap for its Surface products to give hardware partners some competitive breathing room, according to an Asia-based report.
Acer chairman JT Wang commented publicly on Thursday that Microsoft is seeking ways to create a price chasm between its Surface tablet and competing products from PC makers, according to a Friday report in Taipei-based Digitimes.
"Microsoft is currently looking for solutions such as creating a price gap to minimize the negative impact on other vendors' product lineups," according to the report.
Wang said that a Surface tablet priced at $199 would have a … Read more
I just pray that Microsoft doesn't cave to pressure from partners to punt on Surface.
The first public plea came this week from Acer, which, in effect, begged Microsoft to drop Surface.
If that happens, Microsoft will lose the consumer to Apple for good. Probably sooner rather than later.
And if Acer is that worried about Surface, then it should out-design Microsoft or look elsewhere. Right now I don't see anything from Acer that would make me chuck my MacBook and iPad.
Acer owners can now admire their favorite PC brand with a set of high-resolution wallpaper images from Windows7Theme. Of course, you don't need an Acer computer to use Acer Windows 7 Theme; this free theme pack will run on any Windows 7 machine. With 10 wide-screen images in super-high-quality 1,920x1,200 pixels, Acer Windows 7 Theme looks great even on competitors' machines.
Acer Windows 7 Theme installs itself on the desktop automatically when you click on the download. The Personalization panel opens in the Control Panel simultaneously, should you wish to make any changes. We'd set our … Read more
Microsoft knew it was going to ruffle the feathers of some of its manufacturing partners when it unveiled plans to produce its own tablet computer, but now the feathers are starting to fly.
While the Surface is Microsoft's attempt to compete with the iPad and the slew of Android tablets on the market, the tablet will also be competing with similar devices from Microsoft's own partners, which were not informed about the Surface until just before its announcement in June.
Acer, Intel, Qualcomm, and SingTel-Optus have joined Futuremark's "Benchmark Development Program" in order to create industrywide benchmarks for the gaming industry.
The to-be-launched 3D gaming benchmark is primarily concerned with games developed for Google's Android operating system, found on smartphones and tablets.
Input, opinions and expertise are gathered through the program, which will be used to create the industrywide standards that can measure and rate the performance of game titles and software packages.
Jukka Makinen, Futuremark CEO said:
For more than 10 years, we have worked with the world's leading PC hardware manufacturers to create … Read more
Hewlett-Packard, Acer, and Lenovo, among others, are expected to bring out Windows 8 tablets using Intel's latest system-on-a-chip.
HP and Acer are working on designs, a source familiar with the vendors' plans told CNET. In addition, details leaked today about a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which will also use Intel's Clover Trail system-on-a-chip (SoC).
These Intel-based Windows 8 designs are distinctly different from Windows RT tablets that will use ARM chips. Windows RT devices use a version of Windows 8 that does not offer backward-compatibility with the millions of existing Windows software programs. Intel-based systems offer that compatibility. … Read more
Uh oh, looks like Mircrosoft's partners really are not big fans of the Surface.
Oliver Ahrens, Acer's senior VP and president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, told Reuters that Microsoft's strategy to take on Apple with the Surface tablet will fail.
Microsoft left its partners in the dark about its tablet, releasing it this week at a secretive, Apple-style press event. While it generated some buzz, there are still questions around price, battery life, and connectivity that may take away from its initial energy. And Ahren's comments probably don't help.
"I don't … Read more